Tyrod Taylor-Led Hokies Search for Offense in Tallahassee

Justin CocchiolaCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2008

Virginia Tech travels down to Tallahassee today to take on the No. 24 ranked Florida State Seminoles.  In order for the Hokies to win, Tyrod Taylor and the Hokies' offense will actually need to score.  I know this sounds crazy, but your offense is supposed to score the points, not the defense.

The way it's been going this season it's surprising the Hokies have five wins.  Frank Beamer and company have done an incredible job coaching this young talent, but in order to finish out the season strong, Beamer may have to do his greatest coaching job ever.

Florida State's defense ranks third in the nation, and the Virginia Tech offense ranks 114th in the nation.  This isn't going to favor the Hokies, who struggled against a top ranked defense last week, in Boston College.

The Hokies will have to get the running game going with Darren Evans, but more importantly they will need Taylor to have a good game through the air.  Taylor lost his first game as a starter last week, and played poorly.

The young wide receiving corps must play better.  The most sure-handed receiver is Danny Coale, and Dyrell Roberts drops the most passes of the receivers.  These young receivers were not expected to play this much right away, but suspensions have forced them to the forefront.

This game will be a defensive struggle, with little offense from either side.  Christian Ponder won't be able to throw the ball on the Tech defense, but his running ability should help him.  Antone Smith will have to play well for the Seminoles to be productive offensively.

Bobby Bowden has had Frank Beamer's number in the past, and it will probably be much of the same today.  Beamer should have his team ready to go, but the offensive production just won't be there today.  In order for the Hokies to come out on top, they will have to play a flawless game on defense and special teams, and hope they receive a couple of scores from these units.

Florida State 16, Virginia Tech 9