Virginia Tech Football: 3 Reasons Why the Hokies Will Win out

Bryan Manning@bdmanning4Featured ColumnistNovember 16, 2012

Virginia Tech Football: 3 Reasons Why the Hokies Will Win out

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    With two games remaining in the 2012 season, the Virginia Tech Hokies are in danger of missing a bowl game for the first time since the 1992 season.

    At 4-6, the Hokies need to win both of their remaining games in order to receive a bowl invite. 

    The Hokies' streak of 19 consecutive bowl appearances trails only Florida State with 30 straight appearances, and Florida with 21. 

    Currently on a three-game losing streak, the Hokies' defense has played well enough to win each of the past three games. However, the offensive inconsistency that has plagued the team all season, has continued to be cost the Hokies.

    Believe it or not, at 2-4 in the conference, the Hokies still have a small, outside shot at winning the Coastal Division. What does that tell you about the Coastal in 2012?

    Here are three reasons the Hokies will win their remaining two games and reach a bowl game for the 20th consecutive year. 

Logan Thomas Is Coming off His Best Game

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    Despite Logan Thomas' bizarre late-game interception against Florida State last week, he played a really solid game from start to finish.

    Thomas finished with 298 yards passing, a season-high, and he spread the ball around with seven different receivers catching at least two passes.

    Thomas has often looked to force the ball to Marcus Davis, and that has gotten him in trouble. While Davis is extremely talented, he has often disappeared in several games. 

    Thomas has developed a rapport with senior Corey Fuller and freshman Demitri Knowles, therefore gaining confidence knowing where certain guys will be. 

    While he still missed easy throws against the Seminoles, he made some very difficult throws that he had been missing all season. 

Dominant Defense

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    Bud Foster's defense was expected to be one of the best in recent school history entering the 2012 season. While that hasn't proven to be true, this unit has rapidly improved over the last month. 

    The Hokies' defense was extremely disappointing in losses to Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and North Carolina. They didn't seem capable of stopping the run or the pass. 

    Since then, the Hokies have been able to rush the passer, getting 16 sacks in their last four games while also stopping the run. 

    The Hokies held Clemson to under 300 yards and Florida State to 311 total yards. Both teams were ranked in the top-10 nationally in total offense entering their respective games vs. the Hokies.  

    Offensively, this week's opponent, Boston College, isn't much of a threat. They do have an experienced quarterback, though. 

They Own Virginia

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    The Hokies will end the 2012 regular season with a home matchup against bitter in-state rival Virginia in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech has won 12 of the past 13 meetings between the schools.  

    The Cavaliers are having a tough season in their own right, but they have had an offensive renaissance in recent weeks. Their last-second win over Miami on Saturday was an impressive victory. 

    If the Cavaliers want to turn around this rivalry, this year will be the time to do it. The Hokies are down. But no doubt, the Hokies aren't going to allow the Cavaliers to come to Blacksburg and cost them an opportunity to extend their streak of bowl appearances to 20. 

    That is, if the Hokies beat Boston College this weekend.

    The Eagles will be a tough game for the Hokies; they always are. The two teams are longtime rivals from their days in the Big East and the Eagles always play tough defense.  

    If we go by history, the Hokies will win their remaining two games. However, history has been against the Hokies at almost every turn in the 2012 season. 

    Look for the Hokies to salvage what is left of a lost season the next two weeks, beginning Saturday.