Virginia Tech Football: Hokies offense has opportunity for an extremely hot start in 2024

The numbers look good for the Hokies offense to have a very fast start in 2024.
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Over the final eight weeks of the 2023 season, aside from a 34-3 loss at Louisville, the Virginia Tech football team had an offense that was humming right along. A big reason why the Hokies went from 1-3 in their four non-conference games to 5-3 in the ACC to reach bowl eligibility was because of the way the offense turned things around.

First transfer quarterback Kyron Drones got comfortable replacing the injured Grant Wells after Week 3, offensive coordinator Tyler Bowen established Bhayshul Tuten and the running game and Drones became a tough dual-threat QB to contain. They carried over the success from the regular season to their Military Bowl victory over Tulane.

Head coach Brent Pry and Bowen received the best possible news they could get following the regular season with Drones, Tuten, and four wide receivers, Ali Jennings, Stephen Gosnell, Jaylin Lane, and Da’Quan Felton all announcing together that they were returning to Blacksburg for 2024 and it sets them up for a potential big season.

Virginia Tech's offense can start off 2024 very well

ESPN recently released their SP+ rankings and the results tell us that the first three weeks of the 2024 season could be a huge ton-setter for the Hokies offense. Their first three opponents are all ranked in the final third of defensive SP+.

Vanderbilt is ranked 115th, Marshall is 105th and Old Dominion is 110th out of 134 teams. Talk about a dream way offensively to open up the season.

Virginia Tech did not play Vanderbilt last season but split with Old Dominion and Marshall. This season the Hokies will play the Thundering Hurd in Blacksburg, while they’ll play the Monarchs on the road. After that, things will get a lot tougher against Rutgers, which is ranked 17th and that game will be a home game for Tech.

There is a lot of excitement for the 2024 Virginia Tech football season between the returning players, transfers, and incoming freshmen, but they could not have a better way in the first three weeks offensively to get what is expected to be an explosive unit into a really good rhythm to begin the season. Labor Day Weekend can’t come soon enough.