Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Date: 9/3 (Mon)
Time: 8 p.m. Eastern
Network: ESPN (HD, ESPN3.COM)
Current Line: VT by 7.5
The Frank Beamer-led Hokies have been the most consistent program in the country for the last decade in terms of wins. They have currently posted eight consecutive seasons of 10 or more victories.
Beamer was a cornerback way back (don't worry, Frank, you are still the man) in the day for the Hokies (1966-1969), and some believe that is one of the main reasons as to how he transformed so many high school defensive backs into All-Americans.
A college coach is only as successful as the coaches he brings in, and defensive guru Bud Foster is entering his 18th season in Blacksburg as the defensive coordinator.
Virginia Tech has eight starters returning on the defensive side of the ball, and it has a star at each level.
Whether we are talking about James Gayle, Bruce Taylor or Kyle Fuller, the Hokies are gifted on defense, which allows quarterback Logan Thomas and company some room for error on offense.
The Yellow Jackets obviously are led by quarterback Tevin Washington (25 total TDs), but their defense better play lights out.
If not, then we cannot expect them to upset the Hokies, let alone win the division with this potential season-opening upset at Lane Stadium.
Danny V’s Pick: Virginia Tech 28, Georgia Tech 17