Nick’s Keys to the Game: Virginia Tech

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It is finally here – the Virginia Tech game. For Wahoo fans, there is no bigger day than the Saturday in late November when the Cavs and Hokies meet up. The rivalry has taken on special significance since Virginia Tech joined the ACC, and this year the game has major conference standings and bowl implications.

There have been plenty of discussions about what Virginia has to do to win the game in a general sense, so I am going to look at a few specific “important factors” that could help the ‘Hoos triumph over the hated Hokies. I can’t bring myself to say “keys to the game” because of the obnoxious key-shaking on “key plays” that the Hokies enjoy so much. Let’s take a look at what the ‘Hoos must do to be successful.


1) Attack the safeties

Jonathan Stupar can challenge VT’s safeties by going vertical.

There is no denying that the Virginia Tech defense is one of the best in the country, and its #2 national ranking (239.3 ypg) proves it. When I look at the personnel, the strength of the team is undoubtedly its defensive line. Jimmy Williams anchors a solid CB duo and the linebackers led by Vince Hall aren’t overly flashy but are very good. The major weakness that I spot is their safeties: Aaron Rouse and Justin Hamilton . Due to the pass rushing of Darryl Tapp and Chris Ellis on the DL, the weakness of the safeties has been hidden well so far this year.

Hamilton and Rouse are both very good against the run because of their size. Both are over 200 pounds and are solid tacklers. However, I have seen them get in bad position often against the pass. They usually don’t pay