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The Hokies lost a ton of talent off of a team that was ranked in the preseason Top 10 just last year.
In 2011, look for the Hokies to be ranked outside of the preseason Top 10.
Despite the fact they have won the ACC title three out of the last four years, most people are expecting a dive from the Hokies in 2011.
Four-year starter Tyrod Taylor is gone at QB.
Stud RBs in Ryan Williams and Darren Evans? Off to the greener pastures of the NFL.
With only 13 starters returning for the Hokies, this abominable mess means an assured step down in the ACC, right?
Not so fast.
Frank Beamer and long-time defensive coordinator Bud Foster have been around the block a few times.
David Wilson is an electric RB that has been chomping at the bit to unleash his skills on the college football world. The Hokies also return two All-Conference performers to their ledger on the offensive line.
Defense won't be a problem. Question is: Can the Hokies score enough?
With four near-guaranteed wins to start the season, the Hokies start conference play at home against Clemson and Miami, FL.
And that is the meat of their schedule.
With Wake Forest, Duke, Georgia Tech and Virginia as their only road games, this is a team with a schedule so deficient of competition that they can be 12-0 without actually having beat anybody.
Beat Clemson and Miami at home and...
The Hokies could run the table with a normal strong defense and little offense. When and if they roll to a 6-0 record, confidence will roll amongst this team and they could easily sneak in under the radar and become a very large part of the national title talk.