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September 22, 2012

Staff Picks: VT vs Bowling Green

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If all goes well, tomorrow could be a rebound game for Virginia Tech as the Hokies take on Bowling Green, a team also 1-2. But can VT right its offense while also getting back that swagger on defense?

We take our shots at calling what will happen at today's noon ET kickoff.

Jason Stamm, publisher

We've heard it all week. On Saturday, the Hokies were defeated in nearly all facets of the game in their 35-17 loss at Pittsburgh. But was that just a one-game slip?

It's far too early to start giving up on the season just three games in. Virginia Tech has been notorious for starting slow and finishing strong (James Madison to ACC championship anyone?). The defense is too good to be defined by that game. This week will be difficult though, as we'll see just how much Kyle Fuller can do while recovering from his injured shoulder.

The defense has the talent and last week should have more than fired everybody up.

Offensively, I don't have to tell anyone how Logan Thomas has struggled all season, but how it really became obvious with three interceptions Saturday. But Thomas is too talented to keep up his slide. He has the talent, instinct and intangibles to pull through.

Today won't be a complete turnaround. It doesn't just happen overnight. But it'll be the start of Virginia Tech getting back on course.

The Falcons showed promise against Florida, but their struggles the past two games have been evident. Bowling Green has the porous defense to help the Hokies' offense get back on track.

PREDICTION: Virginia Tech 27-14

Doug Bowman, senior writer

This game will tell us a lot about the 2012 version of the Hokies. They're either going to struggle, which would be very concerning, or they will come out playing like wounded and pissed off animals looking to make a statement, which would be very encouraging.

Given the recent history in the past decade, I'm expecting more of the latter as Frank Beamer always seems to zero in and get his team going in the right direction right about now. The Falcons' pass defense has struggled mightily this year, which has to make quarterback Logan Thomas happy, but Tech really needs to get behind its offensive line and pound the Falcons repeatedly.

It would take a lot of pressure off of Thomas while also making the linemen happy, as all linemen love to run block a team into the ground on the way to a victory.

I'm expecting a little bit of a slow start however, maybe a series or two offensively, before things get rolling a bit and wind up similar to any other game Bowling Green has played this year.

PREDICTION: Virginia Tech 28 - Bowling Green 10

Roger Gonzalez, staff writer

Last week's nightmare can be partially erased with a fantastic performance on Saturday. Expect more conventional play calls such as runs up the middle, short passes, as Virginia Tech continues to find a style on offense that suits it well.

The defense will come out with passion after the words defensive coordinator Bud Foster shared with them. A big rebounding game against a formidable opponent, the offense gets kicking in a win that is a tad closer than many hoped.

In the end, Thomas shines and the defense meets early season expectations.

PREDICTION: Virginia Tech 31, Bowling Green 20.


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