Both Virginia Tech and Virginia enter this contest with a lot in common. The Hokies’ special teams have been uncharacteristically inconsistent this season and Virginia’s special teams have simply been inconsistent. The respective defenses have been solid and in most cases done enough to keep their team in games. The two offenses have been woefully inefficient as Virginia and Tech combine for an average ranking of 93.4 on a composite of the four major offensive categories ranked by the NCAA.
The battle between the defenses and special teams will likely be even. The winner of Saturday’s contest will be determined by which offense executes and avoids turnovers. If you’re looking for a 48-38 shootout, you might find Steel Magnolias more thrilling.
With that in mind, let’s take a closer look:
- Since 1999, the Hokies are 88-8 when out-rushing their opponent and 9-20 when being out-rushed.
- Virginia Tech’s average margin of decision (win or loss) is just 7.7 points in 11 games, which is the second-lowest in the country.
- The combined number of touchdown catches for Tech’s wide receivers in 2008 is one (1).
Personnel & Strategy
Antonio Appleby and the linebackers must help slow down the VT rushing attack.
Strategy. As noted, Coach Beamer loves to run the football and its something Tech does very well. Like the defense, the formations and plays are not overly complex. The Hokies are a straight-ahead running team that wants their backs running down hill, meaning they turn up field and run vertically as opposed to horizontally. Tech is a zone blocking team that will incorporate speed option, man-to-man...
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