For the better part of the past eight years, the Virginia Tech Hokies have dominated the Atlantic Coast Conference, in particular, the Coastal Division. Eight games into the 2012 season, the Virginia Tech Hokies are 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the ACC.
As mediocre as that record is, the Hokies still have chance to win the Coastal Division and compete in the ACC Championship Game. All four remaining games are against conference foes including an all-important matchup with Miami next Thursday night.
To say the least, this season hasn't gone quite as expected. Before the season started, there were obvious concerns on the offensive side of the ball. How would the Hokies replace nine starters, including four on the offensive line?
The frustrating part of this season is the Hokies' inconsistencies in all phases of the game.
The defense has improved tremendously over the past two weeks, but arguably, it cost the Hokies two games. Offensive struggles have happened in Blacksburg before, and the defense always bailed the team out.
That hasn't been the case in 2012.
Here are three keys to the Hokies salvaging the rest of their season.