Can Virginia Tech crack BCS?

What the numbers say about chances for Hokies, Logan Thomas to improve

Originally Published: March 26, 2013
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

Hope springs eternal in every college football offseason, and in the case of the backers of the Virginia Tech Hokies, the hope is that the 2013 campaign will see a return to normalcy.

Prior to last year, the Hokies were riding a 19-season bowl appearance streak and were the only FBS school with 10 or more wins in each of the previous eight seasons.

That changed in 2012, as the possibility for a double-digit victory total was gone by the end of October, and if not for a second-half comeback win at the end of the regular season against a Virginia Cavaliers team that finished with a 4-8 record, the Hokies would also have seen an end to their consecutive bowl appearance run.

So was that downward slide a one-year anomaly? Or will Virginia Tech continue to see struggles this year that match those that plagued last year's club?

To find out, let's examine a number of factors on each side of that question, starting with the most important one, quarterback Logan Thomas.