Flash-forward a month later and here we are as the Hokies are 2-2, with a 1-0 record in conference play.
Yet, after a pivotally embarrassing first two weeks, that included a loss to Boise State on the national stage and a historically horrifying loss to James Madison University, Tech is still treading water in the deep end of the college football world.
It’s certain the Hokies aren’t a BCS National Championship contender, as Beamer once proclaimed.
But what’s not certain is what the Hokies truly are.
Are the Hokies the team that laid down against James Madison, smelling worse than a wet dog in the downpour two Saturdays ago at Lane Stadium? Or are they the team that dominated Boston College on the road, despite a handicapped backfield and a size disadvantage?
One can hope for the latter, but the truth is, for now, the Hokies are both teams.
Thus far, Tech has exemplified schizophrenic team football, thanks to bi-polar play-calling and a slight case of narcissism.
The team that was supposed to be great isn’t even sure if it’s supposed to be good. How’s that for comfort?
After starting 0-2, Foster used the word “rebuilding,” when describing his defense.
Is this the same team with a senior quarterback and an All-American running back? That’s rebuilding? Uh-oh.
In accordance with Foster’s sentiments, Beamer is a lot less bold, so to speak, when describing his team and its expectations now.
The fact is, it seems not even the coaches know what to expect from these Hokies.
Thankfully, everything can change Saturday.
When Tech faces an undefeated North Carolina State team in its first nationally recognizable game since two weeks ago, the Hokies have an opportunity to impress once again.
Tech has an opportunity to win its third straight football game and resemble the contender it was supposed to in the first two weeks.
For those wanting to know what kind of team the Hokies are, Saturday’s game in Raleigh, N.C., will be the tell-all.
It may not cure fans’ disappointment in this year’s team, but it could inject a little hope.
And maybe a little certainty into a fan-base that needs it.