After struggling to start the season, losing to Alabama 35-10 and needing triple overtime to beat Marshall, it appears the Virgina Tech Hokies are showing that they are more than capable of not only winning the ACC Coastal division, but the ACC as a whole.
The Hokies have won their first two ACC games, beating Georgia Tech on the road on a Thursday night 17-10, and then beating North Carolina at home this weekend 27-17. The Hokies get a break in the schedule by not having to face either No. 3 Clemson or No. 6 Florida State. The toughest game remaining on their schedule is a November 9th game at No. 15 Miami(FL), with the winner all but guaranteed a trip to the ACC championship game in Charlotte.
Unlike many other teams in the ACC ,and FBS, the Hokies have been getting it done all season with their defense. The Hokies rank fifth in the FBS in total defense, 12th in points allowed and third in turnovers forced. They also held No. 1 Alabama to their lowest yardage total of the season, while also only giving up 14 points to the offense(The Crimson Tide returned a kick,punt, and interception for touchdowns, making the score more lopsided.)
What will determine the success of the Hokies’ season is the play of their fifth-year senior quarterback Logan Thomas. After going 5 for 29 with 59 yards and an interception against Alabama in the first game of the season, Thomas has improved as the season has progressed. Against North Carolina, Thomas was 19 for 28 with 293 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. It was Thomas’ second career 3 touchdown game, the first coming against Miami(FL) in 2011, according to NFL.com’s Mike Huguenin.
With a favorable schedule, an improving Logan Thomas and one of the best defenses in the FBS the Hokies have an excellent chance to play for their 5th ACC Championship.