With Virginia Tech joining the ACC in 2004, there were questions swirling about how they would do against teams from a supposedly stronger conference.
I don't think anyone guessed that Tech would have had the success they have enjoyed over the last few seasons.
Including their ACC Championship Games, the Hokies are an astounding 34-9 against the ACC.
They also have three ACC Championships out of five years to show for their success.
The only team the Hokies have a losing record to since 2004 is Florida State, counting the 2005 ACC Title Game. They are tied 1-1 if you look at the regular season alone.
The Hokies have done well in the ACC and look to continue that trend moving on into the season to come. They are once again picked as the favorite to win the Coastal Division, and the majority pick to win the ACC.
Tech has carried a tradition of excellence with them to the ACC. A blue collar attitude and work ethic has helped them achieve the level at which they play today.
They have succeeded with great athletes such as Bryan Randall, Darryl Tapp, Jeff King, Brandon Flowers, Vince Hall, Xavier Adibi, and many more, most of whom are in the NFL today.
The Hokies have built upon the success they enjoyed in the Big East and have transferred it to the ACC where they have dominated since becoming a member.
Another reason the Hokies have done exceptionally well in ACC play is their composure on the road.
The Hokies are 16-4 against the ACC away from the friendly confines of Lane Stadium. Three of those losses came just a season ago, so for four years the Hokies had only lost one road game.
Even with the decline of the 2008-09 team's play, Tech still managed to hold it together to stay atop of the ACC for another year.
So, whether you like the Hokies or not, you have to respect them, because if you don't you're going to get beat.
Teams in the ACC are improving, and there are brilliant coaching staffs that have been formed, but until those teams can be consistent, the road to the ACC title still goes through Blacksburg.
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