One team in college football that is anxiously awaiting the start of the 2012 season has got to be the Virginia Tech Hokies. That will take place on Monday night as the Hokies will host conference rival Georgia Tech in their Labor Day evening ACC showdown.
Virginia Tech had one of the worst finishes to the 2011 season after beginning so well and postseason expectations set so high. Heading into the conference title game, they were riding an 11-1 record only to drop their second game of the season to Clemson and ended the year with an overtime loss to Michigan in the Sugar Bowl.
Getting back to that conference title game is what is expected for the Hokies and getting that first win will be key against a big test with Georgia Tech.
But Georgia Tech also has great motivation as they too finished horribly, dropping five of their last seven games after starting 6-0. Not to mention, they lost their seventh consecutive bowl game.
It could very well boil down to how the Virginia Tech defense stands up against the triple-option threat that the Yellow Jackets will bring into Blacksburg. That Hokies defense is once again picked to be one of the best in college football as they return nine starters from last year’s unit that was in the top 10 in the nation in yards and points per game.
Offensively for the Hokies they return starting quarterback Logan Thomas who will be key for Virginia tech all season. A year ago, he he set a school record with 3,862 yards of total offense. Not only can he pass the football, but Logan is huge threat on the ground as well.
The Yellow Jackets will once again be a force on the ground offensively as they were last year (2nd in the nation in rushing in 2011 with 316.5 YPG). They return quarterback Tevin Washington, running back Orwin Smith and their second leading rusher from last year David Sims.
Bovada Sportsbook has tagged Virginia Tech as the betting favorite in their College Football Betting Odds with the point spread set at 7. The OVER/UNDER in points is set at 49.
The game between Georgia Tech and Virginia tech can be seen live on ESPN beginning at 8:00 pm ET.