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In Order to Show Progress as a Football Program, Virginia Tech Must Defeat Pittsburgh This Year

Thursday, October 13, 2016 20:56
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Bud+Foster+Georgia+Tech+v+Virginia+Tech+JA-owbMX8pdlGood evening, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) fans.

Let’s talk about Virginia Tech football – the Hokies have had a really good run since the Battle at Bristol (vs. Tennessee).  As site owner and blogger, Jeffrey Fann (@TalkinACCSportssaid, once the turnovers got fixed, the Hokies turned into a top 15 team.

Let’s take a look at the Hokies national defensive statistical rankings right now (all statistics come from the NCAA’s FBS stats site):

Defense Category

National FBS Statistical Ranking

Pass Efficiency Defense


Third Down Percentage Defense


Number of Passing Yards Allowed


Total Defense


Fourth Down Percentage Defense


Scoring Defense


Punt Return Defense


Rushing Defense


Red Zone Defense


The Hokies are also making plays on special teams with 2 blocked kicks and 1 blocked punt.

On offense, the Hokies have a top 50 red zone offense, are top 15 in time of possession, and have a top 50 rushing offense.  Again, as Jeff previously stated, the Hokies are looking like the teams we saw in 2004 and 2005 with a tough as nails defense – and an offense that can run the ball when it needs to.

The Hokies have the look of a team that can make a deep run in the ACC Coastal Division – but have a major roadblock – and it’s not one you would generally think of, unless you’re long time Virginia Tech fan.

Since 2004, here is Virginia Tech’s record vs. ACC Coastal Division Teams:

ACC Coastal Team

Win/Loss Record



North Carolina




Georgia Tech






And folks, if we go back to the Big East days – back to 1996, Virginia Tech is 5-7 in its last 12 games vs. Pittsburgh.

Virginia Tech has not won on the road at Pittsburgh in ACC play – and to extend that further, has not won at Pittsburgh since 1999.

That is a big dry spell if you’re a Hokie fan.  Many Hokie fans seem to think that Heinz Field – and other trips to Pittsburgh are haunted.  To a degree, there is some truth to this.

In order to show progress as a program, Virginia Tech must win at Pittsburgh this year.  This is a must win for a team that has been owned by Pittsburgh in the last twelve games – and in ACC play.

And here’s the thing about that – I think Virginia Tech is better than Pittsburgh this year.  Will it happen?  Can’t wait to find out.

Go Hokies!!

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