2015 Virginia Tech Football Predictions: 1st ACC Coastal (2014 record: 7-6)
Head Coach: Frank Beamer (29th year)
ACC Champion Odds: +600
National Championship Odds: +15,500
Season Win Totals Over-Under Odds: Over 8 (-115), Under 8 (-125)
It’s good to see the senior most coach in America back for yet another season. In only his 29th year with the Hokies, Coach Beamer will be looking to redeem a program that had a tough season last year. With only 365.3 YPG leading to a scoring average of 24.1 PPG, the Hokies’ offense will be looking to get back on track after one of it’s worse seasons in recent memory. With 98 penalties and 26 turnovers, the team just never quite seemed to be mentally prepared to push the offense.
With the return of all the skilled position players from last year’s team, Coach Beamer will be looking for the additional year of experience to translate into an explosive offense that plays with a lot more consistency and control. At quarterback, SR Michael Brewer returns after a productive 2014 season that saw him throw for 2,692 yards and 18 TDs. He will be looking to cut down on the mistakes he made that derailed more than a few drives. His backfield mates will again be SR RB J.C. Coleman and SO RB Marshawn Williams who both combined to rush for 1,008 yards and 8 TDs. Look for Williams to take over the role as the primary rusher. In the passing game, Brewer will again be working with his favorite target in SO WR Isaiah Ford who put up good numbers (709 yards receiving and 6 TDs) in just his first year of action.
With a great combination of senior leadership plus youngsters that have a lot of room for improvement, it is almost certain this year’s offense will exceed the efforts of last year’s team. That should bode well for this team as Coach Beamer tries to put his team in place for another run at a big bowl game.
A Virginia Tech defense that doesn’t carry its weight just seems to an impossible thing to imagine. In 2014, the Hokies were again one of the top defensive teams in the nation. They were on top of their game all year long, posting strong numbers like an opponent scoring average of just over 20 PPG while holding opposing offenses to a total of 343.8 YPG of offense.
While Virginia Tech’s defense is sure to miss the presence of leading tackler Kyshoen Jarrett (88 tackles and 3 ints), they will still be loaded for bear with three major pieces coming back for another season. These three guys are SR LB Deon Clarke who was second on the team in tackling with 74 tackles, 5 sacks and 1 interception, SR DL Dadi Lhomme Nicolas who recorded 72 tackles and 9 sacks and of course, JR DE Ken Ekanem who led the team in sacks with 9.5 to go along with 53 tackles. There is good depth on this squad and a great recruiting class coming into make it even tougher.
The one thing football fans can count on every year is that Head Coach Frank Beamer will show up every year with a contending team full of talented players. Depending on the defense’s ability to match last year’s performance, this year’s team would seem to have a floor of making the postseason up to a ceiling of playing in a major bowl game.
This is one of my teams that I feel will fly under the radar this season and will surprise the heck out of people. 16 returning starters back and a very nice schedule in front of them. Look for the Hokies to return to dominance and 10-11 win season is not out of the question.