Virginia Tech has opened the season at a neutral site the last two seasons. They're 0-2 in that span, which is nothing to boast about.
Last year, the Hokies lost to the eventual national champion Crimson Tide, and the year before they lost to East Carolina in Charlotte.
The Hokies came into both of those games with huge questions on offense. This year, that's not the case. The Hokies have more questions marks on their defense than anywhere else.
However, the Hokies offense has been their worst defense the last couple of years. Early last year, the Tech offense looked lost at times, and it had no real identity. In 2008, there was a quarterback controversy, and question marks as to who was going to carry the load on the ground.
Those questions are no more. The Hokies have an identity on offense, which will do nothing but help their defense.
The defense doesn't have to play great for the Hokies to have a chance at winning anymore. The Hokies finally have a team that the fans and coaching staff are confident will score points on offense.
The third neutral site opener in three years for Virginia Tech will be the charm. Boise State won't be able to consistently stop the offense, and they won't be able to score enough points against the defense.
Time of possession will be key in this one, and the Hokies have a pretty good rushing attack to give them the edge in that category. If defense wins championships, the Hokies would have multiple national titles by now. However, it's best for a defense to be supported by a good offense, and the Hokies finally have that on their side.