With the Hokies struggling, the end of several streaks appear to be jeopardy.
1. The Hokies have won at least 10 games in each of the last 8 seasons. Going into the Duke game, Virginia Tech would have to win its remaining six regular season games and then win either the ACC title game or a bowl game to get to 10 wins. With road games against Clemson and Miami and a home game against Florida State, that streak is in serious jeopardy.
2. By my count, Virginia Tech has sold out 90 consecutive home games dating back to the 1998 season. Following the 2010-11 season, more than 1500 season ticket holders did not renew their tickets for the 2011-12 season. And tickets are easier to come by the last two seasons. As of today, tickets are still available for the Duke game tomorrow. The same was true for the Bowling Green game. The saving grace for the Hokies could be that their remaining two home games (after Duke) are against Florida State and Virginia.
3. The Hokies have 19-straight winning seasons. Since Frank Beamer was nearly fired following a 2-8-1 season in 1992, Virginia Tech has had a winning record every year since. Unless the Hokies get things figured out, that streak is in serious trouble. Duke is very capable of beating Tech. Then the Hokies are on the road against Clemson, which owned the Hokies last year, and then Miami, which seems be to on the uptick this season. And then the Hokies come home to face the resurgent Noles.
4. Nineteen straight bowl game appearances. If the Hokies can’t find a way to finish 3-3 down the stretch, Tech fans can say goodbye to a 20th straight bowl game. It’s hard to fathom the Hokies beating Clemson and Miami on the road based on how they’ve played so far, and Florida State beat Clemson in impressive fashion, so there’s three losses there. That means the Hokies have very little wiggle room down the stretch.
Does this mean Virginia Tech can’t beat Clemson, Miami and FSU? Of course not. Anything’s possible and we’ve seen Jekyll and Hyde seasons before from the Hokies. But based on what we’ve seen through six games so far, it’s difficult to see Tech pulling off any of those upsets.