ESPN insider has a take on Virginia Tech football that should fire up fans for 2024

Pete Thamel has a take on the Virginia Tech football team for the 2024 season that should get fans even more excited for the upcoming campaign.
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There are a number of teams that go into the 2024 season with visions of the College Football Playoff with the new expanded 12-team field. One of those teams is Virginia Tech and there is a reason for the hype they are getting going into the season.

After starting out the season 1-3, the Hokies went 5-3 in the ACC to become bowl-eligible before beating Tulane in the Military Bowl to finish 7-6. In between the end of the regualr season win over Virginia and the bowl win over the Green Wave, head coach Brent Pry got a ton of retainment along with some key additions in the transfer portal. All of that has brought a lot of excitement to the program that has been missing for some time.

It appears that outside of the Virginia Tech fanbase, the rest of the country is catching on to the Hokies for the upcoming campaign, including Pete Thamel and Rece Davis from ESPN.

Pete Thamel & Rece Davis name Virginia Tech a sleeper team in 2024

Pete Thamel and Rece Davis on the College Gameday Podcast named some sleeper teams for the 2024 season in both the ACC and SEC. They first had Syracuse and Boston College as potential teams to watch in the ACC, then they talked about Virginia Tech and the embers of a potential revival in Blacksburg that is beginning under Pry.

"I feel like one of the cool things about college sports is when places do it for the first time or when there's a drought and there's that like roar coming back and you could feel that towards the end of last season when Virginia Tech found itself. How fun it would be if Gameday found its way there this year for Enter Sandman? I think people forget, man that place rocked for decades. I mean rocked. It was one of the best environments in the entire sport and I feel like the embers of that are returning and I feel like the team is now going to revive that even more this year."

Pete Thamel

Thamel is right, Blacksburg was rocking for two decades and you ge the feeling that we are close to returning to that under Pry and the current staff. They can take that next step this season and truth be told, the season can't get here quick enough.