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The Virginia Tech fans can’t be happy with the results from a season ago, as a bowl game defeat sent the Hokies to their first losing season since 1992. The team saw some talent transfer but there are also plenty of key players returning, particularly on offense. This program is not expecting a repeat of 2018 and the oddsmakers agree, as the projections have the team among the better programs in the ACC this season. The Hokies have a pretty soft schedule and could very well push for the ACC Coastal division crown, although beating juggernaut Clemson for the overall conference title is a longshot.
2019 Virginia Tech Hokies at a Glance
Hokies National Championship Odds: +17500
Hokies Odds to Win ACC: +300
Hokies Regular Season Win Total: 8
Virginia Tech finished last year with a record of 6-7 after getting defeated by the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Military Bowl. The Hokies’ issue was their defense, as it allowed more than 31 points per game. Virginia Tech played a bunch of young players a year ago and many will return, but need to make some strides. The Hokies will be led on defense by Rayshard Ashby, who had 105 tackles at linebacker a year ago. Dax Hollifield will line up next to him, while the secondary will be led by safeties Reggie Floyd and Divine Deablo. The defensive line had issues generating pressure in 2018 and will need to take a step forward.
The defense may not be great but Virginia Tech will be able to outscore opponents this season if the offense does as well as projected. Quarterback Ryan Willis is back to lead the way after he threw for 2,716 yards and 24 touchdowns a season ago after Josh Jackson went down with a leg injury. Damon Hazelton could be his favorite target after catching 51 passes for 802 yards and eight touchdowns prior to getting hurt late in the year. Wideout Tre Turner should also be a key piece after he played well down the stretch as a freshman. Dalton Keene and James Mitchell are a pair of intriguing tight ends as the Hokies are ready to test teams through the air this season.
Virginia Tech still has some holes, but there are enough returning starters that there should be some natural progress from the group. The Hokies play on the road at Miami this season but avoid Clemson, so they should be favored or slight underdogs in the majority of the matchups this year. While Virginia Tech doesn’t have overwhelming talent, there are enough promising signs that this team should be able to bounce back and be more competitive in 2019.
2019 Virginia Tech Hokies Betting Schedule
||Virginia Tech at Boston College
||Saturday, August 31
||Virginia Tech vs. Old Dominion
||Saturday, September 7
||Virginia Tech vs. Furman
||Saturday, September 14
||Virginia Tech vs. Duke
||Friday, September 27
||Virginia Tech at Miami
||Saturday, October 5
||Virginia Tech vs. Rhode Island
||Saturday, October 12
||Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina
||Saturday, October 19
||Virginia Tech at Notre Dame
||Saturday, November 2
||Virginia Tech vs. Wake Forest
||Saturday, November 9
||Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech
||Saturday, November 16
||Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh
||Saturday, November 23
||Virginia Tech at Virginia
||Friday, November 29
Virginia Tech hit the national landscape after Frank Beamer took over the program in 1987. Prior to his arrival, the Hokies had appeared in just six bowl games with one win and never in back-to-back seasons. They were invited to their first ever bowl game following the 1946 season after a pair of schools turned down an invitation to the Sun Bowl.
Beamer produced just five wins during his first two campaigns, but he would go on to have 25 winning seasons in his final 27 years of coaching. He was the architect of the program’s finest season in 1999. With Michael Vick leading the way, the Hokies went 11-0 during the regular season, the most wins in program history, and met Florida State in the Sugar Bowl for the national championship. The Hokies would fall 46-29.
That season started a stretch that would see the Hokies win at least 10 games in 11 of the next 13 years, winning 11 games six times. The Hokies appeared in a bowl game for the first time under Beamer in 1993, defeating Indiana in the Independence Bowl. They’ve been bowling every year since and own the longest active streak as recognized by the NCAA.
Beamer retired following the 2015 campaign after topping out at eight wins over his final four seasons. In their first season under Justin Fuente, the Hokies won 10 games and captured the sixth Coastal Division title in program history. A loss to eventual national champion Clemson cost them their first conference title since 2010. Virginia Tech is coming off its first losing season in 28 years and Fuente needs to get things turned around or there could start being some questions about his job status.
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