VT is the most confounding team. They had their two worst offensive performances against a historically bad Clemson D. I agree that SteinCain was very predictable. Or like in 2010, losing a close game to a great Boise team then losing to JMU, I repeat J fn’ MU, then going on a tear through the league before getting blasted by Stanford. And what the hell happened to Beamer Ball? He’s still there, but VT special teams has been pretty bad recently. They used to be an absolute terror.
I know this is heresy, but I believe VT’s string of 10+ win seasons may come to an end this year. Everybody has a down year from time to time.
Well, our kicking gaming has definitely gone down the drain. As to blocking kicks… I think that’s more of a fan favorite… some hype… Because i’ve seen us draw way too many “roughing the kicker” penalties for the odd block to really be worth it (lately)
I think the VT coaches simply aren’t “clutch”.
- Kansas Orange Bowl (They couldn’t stop our run game but Stinespring simply didnt FORCE them to stop it…)
- UGA Peach Bowl (we were owning them at half… after their onside kick… then coupled with glennon and his turnovers…)
- boise st (we could have basically run out the clock but on a 3rd down in the 4th we tried to pass…)
- michigan letting danny coale make decisions about a fake punt AFTER calling a time out… (and despite our defense playing lights out)
I’m really not one for excuses… but IMO all of those games were blown by bonehead coaching moves… rolling the dice at the wrong time… Les Miles is a master at taking appropriate risks… And VT seems to take risks at the worst times…