It doesn't matter.
That's my preview.
If there was ever a throwaway game in the history of Virginia Tech football, this is it. Sure, this game represents the difference between a winning or a losing record, but even that doesn't matter. Because the team that takes the field today in Orlando and the team that takes the field in Atlanta next season against Alabama will be completely different animals. The rumors are swirling, the offensive coaches are job-shopping, and change is a-coming, brothers and sisters.
We ran with some rumors we'd heard a few weeks ago. They didn't shake out to be completely true, as LA Tech's Tony Franklin wound up following Sonny Dykes to Cal. We'll never know if Franklin was as on VT's radar as we heard, but if he was you can rest assured it's Beamer's insistence on not announcing any staff shakeups until after a bowl game is played for us missing out on Tony.
But even without Franklin, change is a done deal. To what extent we can't be sure, but don't be shocked if by this weekend Shane is the only offensive coach coming back next season.
So we're left with this game, the final sour note of an abomination of a season. But there are a few reasons to watch. Despite LT's up and down season and his regression from last year, with a 217 yard passing game he'd put up back to back 3,000 yard seasons. And with rumors also swirling about at least one underclassman running back seeking a transfer this game is an opportunity for JCC to prove he's the future.
In essence, I urge all of you faithful FBSers to watch and root for the players today. And let's be honest, with Stiney as OC that's really what we've all been doing for the last dozen years, right?
Go Hokies. Go fuck yourself, Bryan Stinespring.
Post in game thoughts and reactions here.
FBS Mission Statement:
We at FBS believe that offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring bears the largest share of the blame for years of sub-par output from some of the most talented players ever to set foot on Worsham Field. We believe the main objective of the VT football program - a national championship - will escape us as long as Stinespring is making the calls. We therefore advocate the improvement of our football program through the replacement of our offensive coordinator.