Virginia Tech’s Stout Defense has Returned: Beware of the Hokies

Sep 30, 2013

Virginia Tech is flying under-the-radar as one of the most undervalued 4-1 teams in college football.  The Hokies success has been predicated upon an outstanding defense led by one of the best defensive coordinators in football – Bud Foster.  There is no question that Virginia Tech’s stout defense has returned and sports bettors need to take notice of the surging Hokies.

Virginia Tech Defense:

  • Virginia Tech is limiting opponents to just 15.8 points per game, including 103 rushing yards (2.7 yards per carry), 138 passing yards (5.2 yards per pass attempt) and 241 total yards (3.7 yards per play);
  • Overall, the Hokies are 1.7 yards per rush play, 2.2 yards per pass attempt and 1.9 yards per play better than average defensively in 2013.

Virginia Tech is 2-0 at home this season where the Hokies are allowing 12.0 points per game, including 122 rushing yards (2.8 yards per carry), 139 passing yards (5.1 yards per pass attempt) and 261 total yards (3.7 yards per play; 21.8 yards per point).  Bud Foster’s stop unit is one of the best in college football this season, which makes the Hokies extremely dangerous in conference play.

The problem for Virginia Tech remains an inefficient offense that is averaging 23.2 points per game on 3.9 yards per rush play, 5.8 yards per pass attempt and 4.8 yards per play. Overall, the Hokies are 0.8 yards per pass attempt and 0.3 yards per play worse than average offensively this season, but they did show signs of life against Georgia Tech last week.  Senior quarterback Logan Thomas was 19-of-25 for 221 yards and one touchdown, including rushing for 58 yards on sixteen carries.  Thomas averaged 8.8 yards per pass attempt against a solid Georgia Tech secondary, which was his best showing in 2013 (5.8 yards per pass attempt overall this season).

If Virginia Tech can get more consistency and production out of Thomas, the Hokies could run the table without anyone noticing.  Savvy sports bettors should keep a close eye on Virginia Tech as Frank Beamer’s squad is currently flying under-the-radar despite possessing a dominating stop unit.