No. 20 Virginia Tech at No. 19 Florida State: 3 keys for the Hokies

September 3, 2018


1Avoid opening-night jitters: Game 1 and it’s a big one. A conference opener against a nationally ranked team on the road in a nationally televised night game. The Hokies haven’t played in Tallahassee since 2008 and haven’t won there since 1974. Virginia Tech’s young team needs to acknowledge, then quickly block out that noise. Even the FSU fans’ war chant and tomahawk chop.

2Don’t allow big plays: Combine Florida State’s speed with Virginia Tech’s lack of experience defensively, especially at linebacker and cornerback, and this will be the Hokies’ biggest challenge Monday night. New FSU coach Willie Taggart will test Tech with his pace and that will only make the inevitable in-game adjustments tougher for Bud Foster’s unit to make on the fly.

3Establish the run: The Hokies ended last year having some success running the football against Oklahoma State in their bowl loss. Whether its Steven Peoples, Deshawn McClease, Jalen Holston, or Terius Wheatley, or any combination of backs, Tech needs to move the chains on the ground this season, starting with the opener against the Seminoles.

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