Consider the Hokies' schedules each of the past two seasons.
In 2009, the Hokies faced a daunting opening lineup of Alabama and Nebraska and Miami in consecutive weeks. They played three top 20 teams before the beginning of October.
Last season, Virginia Tech opened with a huge game against Boise State were upset by James Madison just five days later. That ended their title hopes quite quickly.
Meanwhile, the 2011 schedule is shockingly easy: no ranked teams, away games against the three worst teams in ACC, and a bye before the Georgia Tech trip.
The lone tough spot is back-to-back games against Clemson and Miami, but both of those are at home.
If Logan Thomas comes into his own, and the lines are improved on both sides, the Hokies could cruise to an ACC Championship rematch with Florida State. Win that game, and they could be championship bound - depending how many other teams are still undefeated.