Consistency: Can Virginia Tech Hold the Current Record for 10-Win Seasons?
It has been over 10 years since Virginia Tech last had a shot to play in the National Championship. Since then they have participated in three BCS bowls with an overall record of 2-1.
This may seem somewhat mediocre when comparing to current powerhouses like Alabama, Texas, USC, LSU, or Florida, but the Hokies have the opportunity to do something the previously mentioned schools can't: With four more wins, they can hold the current streak for most 10-win seasons, with seven.
In 2009, VT, Texas, and USC had the longest consecutive records for 10-win seasons. But USC finished last year with a 9-4 record. With Baylor's 30-22 win over Texas last week, the best the Longhorns can do is a 10-4, if they participated in the Big XII championship. However, since they have three losses (including losing the tiebreaker to Oklahoma and Baylor), they must hope Baylor loses three straight, or Oklahoma loses three of their next four.
These two scenarios do not seem likely, so the best Texas can hope for is 9-4.
This leaves us with the Hokies. Currently sitting at 6-2, they not only are playing some of the best football in the country, but are also playing in one of the worst conferences in the nation. Here's a look at their upcoming schedule, as well as their chances to win:
Georgia Tech (Thursday, 11/4): Since last year's loss in Atlanta, the Hokies have been preparing for Paul Johnson's Triple Option at GT. Although it happened last year, it is very rare for VT to lose a Thursday night home game...and it probably won't happen this year.
North Carolina (Saturday, 11/13): After playing a close game against William & Mary last week, UNC's loss of players may be catching up with them. Before they play the Hokies, the Tarheels will travel to Florida State this weekend, with a loss essentially eliminating them from a shot in the ACC championship game.
Miami (Saturday, 11/20): Going into the season, this seemed to be the ACC coastal championship. However, with two ACC losses, and the loss of Jacory Harris for an unknown amount of time, the Hurricanes are on a downward spiral. If Harris is out by this game, the Hokies should win easily.
Virginia (Saturday, 11/27): After fairly dominating performances against East Carolina and Central Michigan, the Hokies may have learned never to underestimate any opponent. Although it seems unlikely that UVA will be bowl-eligible this season, the 'Hoos proved that they are not a pushover with last week's home win against Miami. Unless they knock Tyrod Taylor out as well, the Hokies should beat their in-state rivals.
ACC Championship (Saturday, 12/4): At this point in the season, it seems like the Atlantic Division is down to three teams: Maryland, NC State, and Florida State. However, although the Atlantic Division seems to be more competitive than the Coastal, none of the above-mentioned teams have won three straight games in the past month. It may be a tight game, but if Virginia Tech makes the title game, they should win their third championship in four years.
Orange Bowl (Monday, 1/3): Team TBD
Regardless of who the Hokies play in the Orange Bowl, they should enter it with an 11-2 record and an 11-game win streak. Should these projections come to fruition, the Hokies would hold the current streak for longest 10-win games.
Although some speculated that they would compete for the National Championship, the ability to rebound after two early-season losses and still have 10 wins shows the consistency in this program and its ability to remain a top-tier program year after year.
When programs such as USC, Notre Dame and Michigan are trying to reclaim the national status they once had, the Hokies not only have consistency in their record, but also in their coaching staff.
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