Football Game Preview: Virginia Tech

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Game Eleven: Pitt (7-3) vs. Virginia Tech (7-3)

Saturday, November 23 at 3:30 p.m.

Series Record: Virginia Tech leads 10-8

Last Game: Pitt won 52-22 (2018)

Line: Virginia Tech Favored by 4

 

On my twitter account earlier this week I ran a poll asking my followers a simple question regarding how they view this weekend’s foe in relation to Pitt. I asked if they considered Virginia Tech to be a major rival, minor rival, or not a rival at all. Overwhelmingly, the option for minor rival was selected with 85%. I would be willing to bet most would consider West Virginia and Penn State to be Pitt’s only major rivals. However, given that those aren’t annual opponents anymore, and that the two teams have only met 18 times in their long histories, it stands to reason that Virginia Tech may one day be considered a major rival. That will especially be the case if they keep playing in meaningful contests in November as this year’s meeting has become.

With only two weeks of the regular season remaining, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Pitt are the only teams remaining with a shot at winning the Coastal division.

[Standings]

As you can see, Virginia has the inside track with one more ACC game played than Pitt and Virginia Tech and with a head-to-head win over the former. All they have to do is beat the Hokies next week and they will win the division. However, if Virginia Tech wins next week (as they’ve done for 15 straight seasons against the Cavaliers) things get a little trickier. All three teams would still be alive and the division champ would be determined based on the combined results of the Commonwealth Cup and the Pitt-Boston College matchup next weekend. A loss would not eliminate the Hokies, but they would not control their own destiny, while a loss would eliminate the Panthers. Obviously, this makes this a huge game for both teams before you even factor in the fact that there are also Orange Bowl implications.

Offense

Virginia Tech has pretty much

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