Virginia Tech Football Predictions

Written by Vegas Top Cappers | August 1, 2013

2013 Virginia Tech Football Predictions

As the longest-tenured (25 years) and winningest (258-125-4) current active FBS coach, Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer is as respected as any coach in the nation. The Hokies have made twenty consecutive bowl appearances (current national leader), and have dominated the ACC since coming aboard in 2004. Last season’s 7-6 W-L mark was a disappointment however, and Beamer is seeking to shake things up by reworking his coaching staff to try and regain their accustomed swagger, both in conference as well as nationally.

With just four returning starters on offense, Beamer is looking to re-energize with primarily newcomers and waiting-in-the-wings returnees to bring back “BeamerBall.” The key returnee is QB Logan Thomas, who is eager to make up for a so-so junior season following a much-hyped 2012 pre-season which categorized him as a premier Heisman candidate. Thomas is still the closest thing to Cam Newton in the college ranks, but his consistency and decision-making took a hit last fall.

This season, Thomas is in danger of being a “one-man show,” since he is the top returning rusher and his top three receivers are no longer with the team. RB J.C. Coleman is the leading incumbent ground-gainer other than Thomas, as well as being the leading returning receiver. Other candidates at RB are Tony Gregory and Michael Holmes, with redshirt Trey Edmunds also getting a shot. Finding some reliable yardage makers is a must. Among wideouts, there are plenty of candidates, but none have distinguished themselves as of yet. Look for starters to emerge from among D.J. Coles, Demetri Knowles, Joshua Stanford and Joel Caleb.

Three O-line starters have departed, and this is another unit that needs upgrading. The Hokies averaged a measly 3.7 yards per rush in 2012, nowhere near elite-program numbers. Jeff Grimes, the new O-line coach, has his work cut out for him.

The Hokies have always been a strong defensive squad, and this season should follow the same pattern. Part of the problem with the lackluster 2012 squad was an overworked defense, brought about by inconsistency on offense. Regardless, nine starters return from a unit that ranked high nationally in several categories, led by LB Jack Tyler, the ACC’s leading tackler. His running-mates have plenty of experience and should be among the conference’s top groupings.

The secondary is also expected to be a strength, even if standout CB Antoine Exum isn’t ready for the opening gun due to ACL surgery. Kyle Fuller, Donovan Riley, Detrick Bonner and Kyshoen Jarrett will have to compensate in his absence, but Beamer is confident they’ll come through. Up front, VaTech is deep and talented, with James Gayle the top pass-rusher.

Opening up with Alabama could serve one of two purposes: Either the Hokies will have their collective heads handed to them or they will somehow discover some hidden offensive gems to implement their patented “BeamerBall,” 2013 edition. The schedule is extremely favorable, with ACC favorites Clemson and Florida State both absent. The key is uncovering some consistency on offense in Beamer’s 26th season on the sidelines.

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