Continuing to build on its tradition as one of the most successful college football programs in the country, the Virginia Tech Hokies are positions themselves to sell BCS tickets once again they attempt to earn a spot in one of this year’s Bowl Championship Series’ games. Head coach Frank Beamer squad stands at 10-1 and is perched atop the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division, eyeing the opportunity to avenge its October 1st loss to Clemson in an expected clash at the ACC title game.
Beamer’s Hokies have combined a balanced offensive attack and a stingy defense to extend their current streak of 7 seasons with at least 10 wins. At nearly 430 yards of total offense each game, Virginia Tech ranks 70th in passing, while sitting 27th in the nation with its 201.3 yards of rushing per game. The defense is ranked 10th in the nation for points allowed while giving up only 16.9 points each contest; however, it has looked sluggish while surrendering a combined 47 points during recent wins over North Carolina and #21 Georgia Tech. Taking advantage of a weak schedule, the team has handled its business and looks to finish its regular season strong with a trip to in-state rival Virginia on November 26th.
While the BCS picture continues to evolve, as evidenced by Oklahoma State’s recent loss, Virginia Tech’s destination is almost certain. Unless they can overtake the Clemson Tigers for a trip to the Discover Orange Bowl, the Hokies will be traveling to Atlanta, Georgia for a likely showdown with the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on December 31st. Such a showdown could offer college football fans the chance to see two successful programs with very similar styles battling as they help determine whether the ACC or the SEC will earn bragging rights as the nation’s top football conference.