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Dave Clawson and Bowling Green travel to Blacksburg September 22nd.
Anytime a college football team has cakewalks in the beginning of their season, experts always talk about "style points." Did Virginia Tech beat Austin Peay by six touchdowns and play its backups for half of the game, or did they struggle and only win by 14?
These are the questions that will inevitably be asked when talking about the Hokies' first seven games. Virginia Tech is somewhat behind the eight-ball right off the bat because their conference as a whole is weak.
SEC teams can get away with early season patsies because their in-conference schedule will undoubtedly feature three or four games against Top-10 opponents. VT doesn't have this "luxury," if you want to call it that. The Hokie's must put up big point totals against teams like Pittsburgh and Bowling Green if they want to have any hope of entering the Top 10 before the Clemson tilt.
They may find that hard to do since this year's offense is basically being rebuilt from scratch.
According to Bill Connelly of SBNation.com:
Tech's leading returning running back carried the ball 16 times last year, its most experienced offensive linemen has started just 14 games, and it must replace five of the seven players targeted by more than seven passes last year.
Those factors might not be enough to cause the Hokies to lose one of their first seven games, but it may prevent them from putting up those "style points" that go a long way toward determining a team's week-to-week ranking.