This week, our friends over at Gobbler Country were kind enough to take some time to answer our questions. Find out below how they feel about the personnel losses, quarterback Logan Thomas trending downwards, and their prediction for Saturday's game.
1. From an outsider’s perspective, it seems that Virginia Tech has been hemorrhaging for weeks. What all have you guys actually lost, and how impactful do you think those losses will be against Bama?
Honestly, I think that's as accurate a word I could think of to describe the situation given the attrition that Tech has suffered in the last couple of weeks since fall camp began. Some of it was necessary, as having players transferring out and players giving up on football has to occur to accommodate bringing in a full class the following year. You guys know more about that than anyone (had to get that one in). But the vast majority of the moves have been ones that have hurt Tech as a football team.
2. What are the expectations for quarterback Logan Thomas this year? Just looking at the stats, it looks like he had a pretty serious regression from 2011 to 2012, with his completion percentage dropping 8.5% and his TD/INT ratio dropping from nearly 2:1 to nearly 1:1. Do you guys see him reversing course this season?
3. The first things one thinks of when you mention Virginia Tech are strong defense and opportunistic special teams. What are you expecting from those units this year generally and in this game specifically?
4. What are your best case/worst case scenarios for this game? How are you predicting it will actually play out?
My best case scenario for this game is that Tech is competitive and doesn't embarrass itself. If they play like they did in 2009 where they were in it the whole way and showed us something about the team they were going to be, I'll be thrilled. But the reality is, that 2009 team was just getting its footing under Saban before things really kicked off. McElroy was starting his first game at quarterback and despite having a litany of good players, Tech stayed on the field with them. This team is different. They are a two-time defending national champion with a quarterback who led the nation in passer efficiency rating a year ago returning for his third year as a starter. Also, this Tech team is different. They are minus the winningest quarterback in school history, perhaps the most talented running back in program history as well and with depleted offensive line and wide receiver units. So I tend to lean towards the worst case, which would be a blowout the likes of the hurting LSU put on the Hokies in 2007.
To win, the Hokies would have to play a perfect game AND get a lot of help from Alabama, and I just don't see that happening. So like I said above, anything close is a moral victory for me, though I'm sure many Hokie fans out there disagree with me.