Virginia Tech Poised for Improbable Run to ACC Title Game Berth

Justin CocchiolaCorrespondent INovember 2, 2008

The ACC has been the most eccentric conference in recent history this season.  Not to say that it's all bad, as the conference teams have played competitively with each other and other BCS conferences, but they have no real star power.

Honestly, the ACC is a poor man's version of the SEC—all the teams beat up on one another, but the SEC has much better football teams competing every week.

The Hokies, Hurricanes, and Seminoles have been part of the problem for the ACC.  These three schools are expected to compete at a high level every single year, but they have disappointed many in the last few seasons.

Virginia Tech has been the best of the three in recent years but hasn't won a bowl game since their 2005 season.  If you have watched the Hokies play this year, you'd probably be surprised they've won five games.

One of the nation's worst offenses, an extremely young team, quarterback trouble, and multiple injuries and suspensions in key areas have contributed to the unpredictability of the team.  However, Frank Beamer and his coaching staff have limited the damage for much of the season.

Tech has lost two weeks in a row coming into Thursday night's matchup against the Maryland Terrapins.  Is it a game Tech can win?  Absolutely.  Could they lose it?  Without a doubt.

Tyrod Taylor and Sean Glennon both went down against Florida State and at the moment are questionable for the game Thursday night.  More than likely, one of the two will be able to go Thursday night.

If you don't really understand how comical the offense for the Hokies has been, here's a prime example.  Cory Holt hadn't taken snaps at quarterback in a few weeks upon his entrance into the Florida State game, and he's thrown as many touchdown passes in three series of play as the two other quarterbacks on the team that have started multiple games—one.

If there's been a bright spot in the Tech offense, it's Darren Evans.  The redshirt freshman has played very well this season and is now the full-time starter because of the injury to junior running back Kenny Lewis Jr.

From this point on, the Hokies have a four-game season.  Their next four games are against conference opponents Maryland, Miami, Duke, and Virginia.  Although the Hokies have two conference losses, they've yet to lose to anyone within the Coastal Division.

After Maryland, their last three games are against Coastal Division opponents.  Simply put, if they win the remainder of their games, they will head down to Tampa Bay for the ACC Championship. 

If they lose to Maryland, they have to win their next three games to ensure an ACC Championship appearance.  If not, they don't deserve to be in a conference championship game with four conference losses, but with the way the ACC has gone this year, you never know.

Tech can win the next four games.  Although they've struggled in the last couple of weeks, the offense was moving the ball effectively with Glennon at the helm before he was hurt, and one bonehead play on special teams derailed the game for Tech against the Seminoles.

Saying this, it's absolutely possible the Hokies could lose all of their remaining games.  Do I think this will happen? No, but it's not out of the question.  Beamer is too good of a coach not to have his team on the right page, and this may possibly be the best coaching job of his career. 

If the Hokies make it to the ACC Championship game, it would be an improbable finish in a rebuilding season for the Hokies.