Quit pretending you haven’t seen this one before.
In a game where Virginia Tech was supposed to come out and dominate, it did the exact opposite: it struggled to find any rhythm on offense while failing to create any push on defense, resulting in 540 yards for Pittsburgh’s mediocre offense and a 35-17 victory for the Panthers.
Through three games, the Hokies are yet to look the part of ACC title contenders, or even 10-game winners for that matter. Logan Thomas has been less-than-stellar, the running game is nonexistent and the defense — which was supposed to anchor the team — looked downright awful.
And yet, Hokie fans are still enraged — despite knowing good and well the characteristics of the team they root for.
Tech is heralded as being one of the most consistent programs in the nation since its undefeated regular season in 1999. From ’99-’11, the Hokies won 132 games (or, just over 10 a year). Only Boise State (146) and Oklahoma (139) won more (Texas also won 132).
By comparison, ACC rivals Miami, Florida State and Clemson won 114, 104 and 101 games during that time span.
So, the consistency is there. No question about it.
Unfortunately for Tech, what’s also been there is the “choke” game. That one game every year where the Hokies are supposed to win handily against a lesser opponent and just forget to get off the bus.
Of course you all remember JMU in 2010. There was North Carolina in 2009. East Carolina in 2008. LSU in 2007 (Tech was expected to keep it close and possibly even win, but lost 48-7). Also, don't forget Boston College in 2006 and N.C. State in 2004. The list goes on and on.
The point being, when we look back on the 2012 season, it will be Pittsburgh. Now I’m not saying Tech’s going to be fine — it has some serious work to do and there's obviously plenty of room for improvement.
But the coaching staff isn’t one of the most well-respected in the country for no reason. It knows what it's doing.
No, the offense hasn’t looked good. But if you’ll remember last season, the Hokies didn’t really start clicking on offense until six games into the season. Again, I’m not justifying its performance, just trying to point out that the sample size isn’t enough to determine whether or not this offense can have any success this year.
That being said, the offense has only been outstanding for two seasons during Frank Beamer’s 25-year tenure, and that was when 'ole No. 7 was runnin’ and gunnin’.
But Hokie fans should know that. Because they’re Hokie fans. They know what they’re getting with this program.
So stop acting so surprised.