Virginia Tech went into College Park on Saturday and laid down the hammer on the Terp's, but that was expected. Maryland had only two wins this season, and one came to an FCS school (James Madison) in overtime.
But if you're a Hokies fan you have to look at the positives. Tech was a big favorite over East Carolina and scored only one touchdown, and struggled to move the ball through the air.
Saturday against Maryland, Tyrod Taylor had one of his best games through the air and on the ground. Taylor finally didn't hesitate to run the ball out of the pocket and ended up with 80 yards rushing and over 250 passing yards and three scores through the air.
His running ability opens up the pass. Taylor has to continue to do this.
Now the Hokies attention is shifting towards NC State, and many of the Virginia Tech faithful still aren't very confident in their teams' ability. More so, the teams consistency is a major area of concern.
"I just have a feeling, I don't know if it will happen, but I think Tech's going to lose one more time," says one Hokie fan. That comment mirrors that of many other people associated with Virginia Tech football, because, frankly, you never know what you're going to see out on the field.
The Hokies have two more games, one home and one away. If they do lose one of those two games it will be against NC State (4-6) or Virginia (3-7). Tech should dominate both of these schools like they dominated Maryland, and if they do drop one of these games it would be rather embarrassing for the program.
Senior day is this coming Saturday and that alone should provide enough emotion for the Hokies to go out and win one for the seniors taking part in their last home game.
Virginia is their biggest rival, but the two teams are miles apart as far as talent goes. Virginia almost caught the Hokies off guard last year in Blacksburg, when Vic Hall was used as the primary quarterback running a wildcat/spread option offense the entire game.
Now that Jamelle Sewell is back for UVA I doubt we see anything too crazy, but that will be the last game of the season for UVA, and they'll probably approach it as their bowl game. The Cavaliers will be fired up, but the Hokies should be able to distinguish their fire with ease.
Time will tell, but after watching the Tech offense last week I'm a little more optimistic heading into the final weeks of the season.