23 Jul 2009
SmartFootball's Chris Brown chips in on Dr. Saturday's college football blog with an excellent breakdown of the evolution of Virginia Tech's defense under long-time defensive coordinator Bud Foster. The Hokies have surrendered fewer yards per game than any other team in the nation over the past five seasons. Part of the reason for that is the dearth of offense in the ACC, but this article illuminates how Virginia Tech has adapted to handle and attack spread offenses.
Our projections in Football Outsiders College Football Almanac like the Hokies to take a few steps forward offensively as well this year, and may position them as a contender for the BCS national championship game.
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Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?