Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

23 Jul 2009

Hokies Defense Adapts to Spread Offenses

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.

Posted by: Brian Fremeau on 23 Jul 2009

4 comments, Last at 24 Jul 2009, 1:25pm by Mike


by lionsbob :: Thu, 07/23/2009 - 5:31pm

I wonder if a loss to Alabama in the first game and they win the rest of the way will be enough to get to them a BCS championship game.

by CuseFanInSoCal :: Thu, 07/23/2009 - 7:43pm

Any one-loss BCS conference champion has a decent chance to get to the BCS title game (not guaranteed by any stretch of the imagination, but certainly it puts you in a good position; an undefeated BCS conference champ is a sure thing for the title game unless there are more than two of them).

by MJK :: Fri, 07/24/2009 - 11:54am

Of course, being Virginia Tech, they will then promptly lose any championship or title game they might play in. Irregardless of how good they or their opponent is.

by Mike (not verified) :: Fri, 07/24/2009 - 1:25pm

It's nice of Chris Brown to stop beating women and find time to voice his football opinion!