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VT vs. Marshall–How good are these guys?
Posted By Frank Sullivan On Sep 21 2011 @ 5:21 pm In Virginia Tech | No Comments
The College Football world is changing, for better or worse. This past week we’ve seen some shuffling within the football ranks, most notably Syracuse and Pitt jumping the Big East ship and joining the ACC. The world of college football makes very little sense right now (what else is new), but through all the uncertainty, all the hoopla over conference realignment; Frank Beamer’s trying to build a football team.
Beamer’s Virginia Tech Hokies are 3-0, ranked #13 Nationally, and have gotten back to their defensive ways (ranked 8th in the nation in total defense); but they have yet to be tested. In the three games they’ve played they’ve shown the ability to stop the run (55.3 yards allowed on the ground per game, tied for 4th best in the nation) and the ability to run the ball well; RB David Wilson is currently 6th Nationally in yards per game with 129.3. But what do we really know about this Hokies team?
They’re the #13 team in the country and they haven’t played anybody.
Simply put: the Hokies have looked less-than stellar on offense this season; the defense is back after a rough 2010 campaign, but for a top 25-caliber team there’s something missing.
In past posts I’ve harked on the need for QB Logan Thomas to shed the inexperience act and get down to playing more consistent football…it hasn’t happened, and I doubt it will anytime soon. Against App. State, ECU, and Ark. State Thomas amassed: 532 yards, 4 TD’s, and 3 INT’s; with a completion percentage of 52.8%. And that was against three non-power conference programs. What happens when ACC play starts?
Thomas had this to say in regards to his own development: “I want to be perfect. That’s how most quarterbacks want to be. I threw two interceptions [last week], and I’m not happy about that, but it comes with time. I’m slowly but surely getting to the point where I want to be.” For now, perfect’s a stretch; just don’t turn the ball over.
Still, the Hokies don’t have to worry about the elephant in the room for one more week. This Saturday they’ll head to Huntington,West Virginia for the first time since 1940 to face the Thundering Herd of Marshall.
Marshall (1-2) is the fourth and final tune-up before the Hokies take their act to the main stage. Not to say Marshall doesn’t have talented athletes, they surely do, but all that need be said can be found in the final score of last weeks game against Ohio (not Ohio State, Ohio); the Herd lost 44-7.
Look for the Hokies to play dominating defense, forcing Herd QB Rakeem Cato to throw a few more picks (he threw 4 last week alone); watch for Wilson to hit the century mark (and then some), but most importantly keep your eyes on Thomas and his progressions throughout the game.
These last few weeks I’ve ended each pre-game post with a prediction. Each prediction has been so poor that I’m justifiably nervous about the next one. I’ve picked the Hokies to win big each week and aside from the landslide victory in Week 1, they’ve been in much tighter-than-anticipated match-ups. Still, it’s Week 3 of the Logan Thomas regime, the ground game’s working fine, and the D has fastened up their lunch-pails:
VT 42-Marshall 14
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