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Poll: How many wins will the Hokies get this year?

Virginia Tech is one of only two schools in the nation with a six-year streak of 10 or more wins, but that distinction could be in jeopardy after Saturday's shocking upset against James Madison.

I'll get a chance to speak with players and coaches later this afternoon, but while we wait, it seems a poll is in order. So I ask you, Hokies Journal, how many wins will this year's Virginia Tech football team finish with. Remember, the Hokies have 10 regular season games, plus potentially the ACC Championship game and a bowl game, remaining.

By Mark Giannotto  |  September 13, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
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if ( a big if at this point) VT beats ECU this weekend, I think they could win until they go to south Florida. GT and UNC seem to also have issues this year. BC will be tough on the road, though.

Miami looks like maybe too much for Tech, and for the first time in years, UVA seems like a competitive game. I figure about 8-5 or 9-4, depending on the bowl match up.

If they lose to ECU, then I'd say only Cent Mich. and Wake would be likely wins, plus maybe two more among Duke, NC State and possibly UNC (if their wheels have also fallen off) and UVA. Finishing at 4-8 or so.

Posted by: CDRHoek | September 13, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

You do not plug in 7 freshmen on defense and win instantly in big time college football anymore. It is becoming too competitive. However, the offense has done more than its share in contributing to these losses and how about the complete blow-up of "Beamer Ball" (Special Teams). This team is in disarray. They are all looking at each other for someone to blame and they appear to be giving each other the silent treatment (I did my job, you need to do yours). There are too many contributors to single out the cause (S). I suspected they were grossly over-rated in the preseason polls. They are not a top 25 team. They may be by the end of the season if they can win 9 games plus a bowl.

Posted by: gype | September 13, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Disarray is too strong a word.

Look, a 3 point loss to the #3 team in the country, and one that hasn't lost in quite a while, is nothing to be ashamed about.

As for JMU, when you look at the stats, it wasn't that bad. We averaged 6 yards per offensive play. Turnovers killed us, and that's mostly bad luck. Less the "here's how not to tackle" 77 yard pass, we gave up 158 yards.

There are problems to be fixed, obviously. Tackling is #1. But the key is absolutely for this team to stay mentally strong and believe in themselves.

Anybody remember 1995? Tough 20-14 loss on the road to #20 BC, horrific 16-0 loss to Cincinnati at home, hard-fought 13-7 win against Miami at home, and 9 straight wins after that. I don't know if we'll finish that strong, but it does show the season isn't over after two losses.

Posted by: saltydog75 | September 15, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

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