If 2012 was considered a disappointment for the Virginia Tech Hokies, 2013 could be quite the opposite.
The Hokies finished 2012 with a record of 7-6, their worst in 20 years and had to win their final two regular-season games to become bowl eligible.
Naturally, preseason prognosticators aren't too high on the Hokies in 2013. Lindy's has the Hokies picked to finish third in the ACC Coastal division, while Sporting News projects the Hokies as the division's fourth-best team.
To put those preseason expectations into perspective: The Hokies have never finished below second in the Coastal division since entering the league in 2004. The Hokies, 4-4 in ACC play in 2012, had the second-best record in the division.
There are many reasons to believe the Hokies will bounce back this season. Here are three primary reasons why the Hokies will overachieve and compete for another ACC Coastal division crown in 2013.