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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Another 10-win season for the Hokies?

By Heather Dinich

Virginia Tech is the only team in the nation to have at least 10 wins in each of the past eight seasons. The Hokies are 84-24 (.778) since the 2004 season -- their first year in the ACC:

2004: 10-3
2005: 11-2
2006: 10-3
2007: 11-3
2008: 10-4
2009: 10-3
2010: 11-3
2011: 11-3

And the Hokies would want to leave the ACC why? They own it. But can they do it again in 2012?

Virginia Tech will have one of if not the best quarterback in the league in Logan Thomas. But the Hokies have to replace eight starters on offense. That's a lot -- more than Miami. Four starters on the offensive line have to be replaced. Who is going to carry the ball now that David Wilson is gone? Who will replace four-year starters Danny Coale and Jarrett Boykin? Virginia Tech has already been tabbed a preseason top 25 team and Coastal Division favorite, but are the Hokies getting too much credit considering all they lost from 2011? Have ACC fans come to take 10-win seasons in Blacksburg for granted?

Prediction: The Hokies will get their 10 wins. The confidence comes from the staff's ability to recruit and develop players consistently, along with what should be a tremendous defense. We'll take a closer look at the Hokies' schedule in the "Schedule Analysis" series, but the nonconference lineup is conducive to a hot start. The 10th win might have to come in a bowl game, but somehow, Frank Beamer will find a way to get them there again, despite so many roster changes.