How Virgina Tech Is In The Running For an ACC Title After 0-2 Start

In Simmons' FootstepsContributor INovember 14, 2010

After two straight losses to Boise State and James Madison, the Virginia Tech Hokies have won eight straight
After two straight losses to Boise State and James Madison, the Virginia Tech Hokies have won eight straightGeoff Burke/Getty Images

The 2010 college football season did not start off as a good one for Frank Beamer's Virgina Tech Hokies. It was the Hokies who were suppose to prove to the country that Boise State was not capable of beating a top-10 team. 

Unfortunately, the plan backfired, and Boise State's win began the controversy regarding the Broncos' national championship credentials.

It didn't stop there, however. Next week, the Hokies went on to lose to James Madison University, an FCS school. The Dukes were the first such team to beat a ranked FBS team since Appalachian State knocked off the Michigan Wolverines in 2007. 

Beamer had to be enraged, to say the least.  His team came in to the season ranked seventh in the country. After two weeks, it was no longer among the top 25. 

The Hokies were desperate for a win. They finally got that in week 3. Led by the offensive trio of Tyrod Taylor (QB), Darren Evans (RB), and David Wilson (RB), the Hokies smashed East Carolina, 49-27. Taylor, Evans and Wilson combined for five touchdowns.

That's when the Hokies got rolling. 

Fast forward almost two months and Virginia Tech has won eight straight since the embarrassing James Madison loss. Along the way, the Hokies smashed teams such as Duke and Wake Forest and outlasted North Carolina State and North Carolina, two teams with some potential talent. 

This eight game win streak has put Beamer's Hokies atop the ACC's Coastal Division with a perfect 6-0 conference record. 

Truth be told, this Virginia Tech team has a lot of talent, and it would not have been any surprise to see this team defeat the Boise State Broncos. 

Taylor is at the helm of this team. He runs the Hokies. He's the ACC's version of Terrelle Pryor or, say, Cam Newton. He ranks eighth in the country in QB rating. He's thrown for nearly 2,000 yards, 16 touchdowns, and just four interceptions. 

On top of that, he's also a weapon on the ground. Taylor leads the Hokies in rush yards with 584 (6.4 yards per carry) on the season. 

It's not all Taylor, though. The Hokies have a talented duo in the backfield in Darren Evans and David Wilson. Evans has rushed for 515 yards on the season with nine touchdowns on the season, while Wilson has totaled 462 yards and four TDs. 

These three alone have combined for 32 touchdowns on the season. 

The Hokies' biggest test of the season will be this next Saturday, when they take on the Miami Hurricanes. Miami is right on Virginia Tech's heels in the Coastal Division with a 7-3 record. If the Hokies can outlast the U, they'll clinch the Coastal Division.