When Brent Pry and the Virginia Tech football team take the field at Lane Stadium on Saturday afternoon, they will be doing so in honoring their senior class. After the seniors are honored, the Hokies have a big game to play against a very talented 7-3 North Carolina State team.
After starting the season 1-3, Virginia Tech has gone 4-2 in their first six ACC games and finds themselves one win shy of becoming bowl-eligible this season. Getting win No. 6 is not going to be easy, whether it’s this weekend against NC State or Thanksgiving Weekend at Virginia.
Being bowl-eligible may not seem like a big thing, but getting their sixth win would do wonders for the rebuild under Pry.
Brent Pry talks about the importance of becoming bowl-eligible
At the beginning of the season, all teams begin the season with the hope of becoming bow-eligible and for the Hokies, it didn’t start well, losing non-conference games to Purdue, Rutgers, and Marshall after opening with a win over Old Dominion.
Virginia Tech has turned things around in conference play and getting win No. 6 is very important to Pry and he explained why.
“You want those extra practices whether it’s 10, 12, 15, whatever works with your calendar,” Pry said. “But it is very valuable for all of your returning players in the improvements necessary and the growth of your football team. That’s part of building a winning program and sustainable program that can win year in and year out is the postseason play and those extra practices.”
He’s right, if the program is going to take the next step under his leadership, then getting an extra couple of weeks of practices and one game in December is going to be big. Considering where they started and stood at the end of September to where they are now, extra practices and an extra game would do wonders in the offseason with an eye toward 2024.