College Football Week 3: #13 Virginia Tech At Pittsburgh
- CoachingYou can’t remember a time when Frank Beamer was not the head coach of Virginia Tech. He’s earned his job stability, and he’s got yet another Hokies squad primed for a double-digit win seasonAfter Todd Graham left Pitt high and dry, Paul Chryst, who had spent the last seven seasons as Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator, replaced him. Pitt fans haven’t yet seen the explosive offense he engineered in Madison.
- OffenseLogan Thomas was on point and the Hokies used a slew of running backs to amass more than 400 yards of offense, an improvement from the opener. This came against Austin Peay, but Pittsburgh might be closer to the FCS school than it is to Georgia Tech.In the opener, Pitt couldn’t outgain an FCS opponent, Youngstown State. Last week, the Panthers put up 400 yards of offense but turned it over twice and had clock management issues to fall to 0-2.
- DefenseThe Hokies field one of the best defenses in the country. They return eight starters from last year and have looked great so far this season.The Panthers are getting gashed on the ground to the tune of 230 yards per game. And the schedule doesn’t get any easier for this unit.
- Special TeamsMany declared Beamer Ball dead after a poor special teams performance in the opener, but the Hokies responded by blocking a punt on Saturday as well as returning a punt to the six to set up a score.The Panthers haven’t gotten much in their return game. Their senior kicker doesn’t have a huge leg but is fairly accurate.
The Pittsburgh program is led by its third head coach in as many seasons. Virginia Tech is an established program that knows its identity. It won’t be difficult to tell which is which on Saturday; the Hokies should roll.