Seems to be a pattern.
But let me admit that I lied. GT’s offense is only pretty bad. Virginia Tech’s is horrible, it’s not quite Notre Dame horrible, but horrible nonetheless. The passing game is 104th in the country and the rushing game is 91st. They combine for a crowd pleasing 286 ypg and 112th ranking (90 yards better than Notre Dame, though).
They’ve managed to play both East Carolina and North Carolina close at home. Actually, they’ve had 4 of 5 games at home so far this season. In Blacksburg they played only well enough to win. (Ok, so they did whip up on William & Mary.) Their lone road trip was to Deaf Valley where the other, other, other Tigers made Tech look like William & Mary.
On defense, the numbers show Tech (Virginia) to be top-20ish, but not as good as Tech (Georgia). They’re both close in terms of special teams as well.
What stands out to me is VT’s negative turnover margin. That’s just not Beamer ball.
I don’t even know what that last sentence means, but I wanted to sound like the guys on TV.
Anyway, let me make my predictions: VT will rush for 130, pass for 200, recover 2 fumbles, make 1 interception, score 14 easy points related to turnovers and get another 7 on special teams. The offense will manage another 10 points. In total, that’s 31 for Tech.
Clemson will not be so lucky. The offense will move the ball with surprising ease but will be unable to overcome a few big mistakes.
Final score: Tech 31, Clemson 27. Another week of frustration ensues. I suggest hiring Lou Holtz just so he can come here, win, and let us spite the hell out of USCe.