The true freshman was honored with ACC Rookie of the Week for his 13-carry, 183-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Blue Devils. While he didn’t solidify himself as the starter — Frank Beamer insists they’ll still rotate in Michael Holmes, Tony Gregory and Martin Scales, as well — you can bet he’ll still get the majority of the carries on Saturday. Establishing the running game will be crucial for the Hokies this weekend, as it will open things up for Thomas and his receivers.
Davis was also honored by the conference after the Duke game, as he was named ACC Receiver of the Week after a he caught five passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns. After struggling against North Carolina, Davis bounced back for a big-time performance when his team needed him most. If he can carry that momentum into this week, he’s going to give his team a much better shot of winning.
The Tigers’ high-powered attack gave Foster nightmares last season, as it dominated his defense not once, but twice. Foster’s unit has seen its fair share of struggles so far this season, giving up an average of 381.3 yards per game, or 57th in the country — which is far from familiar for a “Lunchpail D.” His game plan has the potential to be the difference in this football game, if his team can execute it the way he draws it up. Long story short, if Tech’s defense slows down Clemson, the Hokies are going to have a much better shot of winning. It’s as simple as that.
Saturday’s contest could completely turn Tech’s season around, if it can escape Death Valley with a victory. If not, the Hokies will be sitting at 4-4, teetering on the edge of potentially not reaching a bowl game. Look for desperation to play a part in this game, and don’t be surprised if the Hokies scratch and claw their way to a victory.
I honestly like Tech’s chances, so long as they can establish the running game early.
Hokies 38, Tigers 35