Five Reasons This Could Be Virginia Tech's Year (and Three Reasons Why Not)

Tobye DavidContributor IJuly 8, 2009

Five Reasons This Could Be Virginia Tech's Year (and Three Reasons Why Not)

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    BLACKSBURG - OCTOBER 25:  Fans of the Virginia Tech Hokies show their support during the game against the Boston College Eagles at Lane Stadium on October 25, 2007 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

A Fierce Defense

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    TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 6: Defensive end Jason Worilds #6 of the Virginia Tech Hokies forces a fumble by quarterback Dominique Davis #15 of the Boston College Eagles in the 2008 ACC Football Championship game at Raymond James Stadium on December 6, 2008 in T

Tyrod Taylor

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    MIAMI - JANUARY 01:  Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Virginia Tech Hokies runs the ball for a toucdown against Brandon Underwood #8 of the Cincinnati Bearcats during the FedEx Orange Bowl against at Dolphin Stadium on January 1, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by

Running Backs, Running Backs, Running Backs

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    TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 6: Running back Darren Evans #32 of the Virginia Tech Hokies rushes upfield against the Boston College Eagles in the 2008 ACC Football Championship game at Raymond James Stadium on December 6, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Mes

An Improved Offense

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    MIAMI - JANUARY 01: Danny Coale #19 of the Virginia Tech Hokies makes a catch during the FedEx Orange Bowl against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Dolphin Stadium on January 1, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

An Attractive Schedule

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    MIAMI - JANUARY 01: Virgina Tech fans celebrate during the FedEx Orange Bowl against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Dolphin Stadium on January 1, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

However, There Are a Few Potential Stumbling Blocks. First up, Tyrod Taylor

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    MIAMI - JANUARY 01:  John Hughes # 40 of the Cincinnati Bearcats tackles Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Virginia Tech Hokies as he loses the ball during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Dolphin Stadium on January 1, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Im

The Offense

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 15:  Offensive coordinater Bryan Stinespring of the Virginia Tech Hokies celebrates during the game against the Temple Owls on November 15, 2003 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Virginia Tech defeated Templ

A Punishing Sschedule

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 1: The Virginia Tech Hokie mascot rallies the Hokie fans at the game between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Virginia Tech Hokies on November 1, 2007 at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Hokies

So How Will It All Play Out?

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    MIAMI - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Frank Beamer of the Virginia Tech Hokies celebrates after defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats to win the FedEx Orange Bowl at Dolphin Stadium on January 1, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)