The 6-1 Hokies are feeling good; aside from a few injuries to key starters on defense, that is. The offense has exploded over the last two weeks, scoring 38 points in each game, beating Miami and Wake Forest. Now, deep into their ACC schedule, Tech needs to show resolve and beat the lesser opponents like visiting Boston College this Saturday.
The 1-5 Eagles are struggling to put it nicely. Their only win came against FCS opponent UMass. Now 0-3 in the ACC and traveling to Lane Stadium for the Hokies homecoming game, the Eagles should be shaking in their little bird boots.
The story for the Hokies has been the drastic turnaround in the play of their quarterback, Logan Thomas. It was just three weeks ago that Thomas was getting the blame for the embarrassing home loss to Clemson. Now, after two stellar games (590 yards and 5 TD’s through the air, 58 yards and 4 TD’s on the ground the last two games) Thomas has the respect of his team, and the attention of the conference.
The game is getting easier for the sophomore QB, as he explained earlier this week: ”You always hear about quarterbacks saying the game has slowed down for them and it has for me. I’m able to see the open receiver and get him the ball, and also not forcing passes in there. I think that was the big reason I was throwing picks earlier.”
Thomas’s development was the biggest question-mark surrounding the Hokies coming into the season. After their shaky start and the loss to Clemson, the season looked to be in doubt; now the Hokies are more confident than ever in their passing game (226 yards a game is the highest passing average in the Frank Beamer era) and the pressure is squarely on Thomas’s shoulders.
Tech will look to improve to 7-1 (3-1 in ACC) by taking care of the Eagles on Saturday. I’m not one to assume a victory, especially in conference play, but BC is beat up and their offense is ranked 105th in FBS…so let’s assume the Hokies take care of business at home.
If and when they do win the game they can thank RB David Wilson for continuing his great play. Currently Wilson is 3rd in the country in rushing yards with 903. Early in the year teams were loading up the box with eight and nine defenders, and Wilson had trouble finding room, with Thomas throwing the ball so well now Wilson has thrived.
“We were looked at as a one-dimensional offense for a while, and the past couple of games Logan has definitely been opening it up and defenses have to respect that,” Wilson said this week. At the start of the Wake Forest game Wilson was bottled up, but once Tech spread the Deac’s out Wilson averaged over ten yards a carry on his final 13 touches.
Look for Wilson to crack the 1,000 yard mark this weekend, adding himself to the long list of great Hokie running backs. Also look for the Hokie offense to continue to use more four and five WR sets, spreading the defense out, then running it up the gut.
Prediction: VT 35-BC 10
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Written by Frank Sullivan
Frank is a graduate of Old Dominion University, sports fan, author, and founder of TheBloosh.com. He's been working with prosportsblogging.com since April 2011, and has covered the Chicago Bulls, Baltimore Ravens, Virginia Tech Hokies Football, and the Washington Wizards. Frank can be reached @franksullivan on twitter.