About 1/3 of my family attended hokie high and are from the tidewater area. They had a quasi-family reunion at that game. I really, really wished I could have made that trip and just listen to their post. I have not called them yet, but I guess I have to make my rounds now. If I was a Hokie booster, I would pay off any journalist/coach to make sure the Hokies are never ranked #13 against any in-state rival.
Back in 2010 JMU beat #13 VT (and out paced them in the 2nd half)... and then VT went on a 11 game winning streak and win the ACC. Similar story in 2008 as VT lost to ECU and won the ACC.
Caution, when VT looses to a inferior school... they often win the conference.
The problem there is simple - talent. They don't have enough of it. Beamer's recruiting had slumped, big-time, and while Fuente inherited a few players he's had a rough go of it in terms of player turnover. They were in sort of a "down" year as far as replacing seniors went anyhow - they had to replace a boatload of defensive starters - but the thing that absolutely killed them was their DB's...they basically had everything short of a plague of locusts landing on the field hit their DB corps. Between graduation, season-ending injuries, off-the-field issues, and transfers they lost something like 7-8 DB's off last year's squad and they're playing mostly true freshmen pretty much all the way across their DL.
Oh, and yeah, they lost most of their D-line too, so those guys aren't covered up by any sort of pass rush. Then to add to the fun their best D-linemen lost his mind on the sideline and started attacking those freshman DB's on the sideline and then later in the locker room...and Fuente summarily threw him off the team.
They also lost their starting QB to what looks like a season-ending injury, so they're starting over there too.
Bad luck can affect anybody, but this was kind of ridiculous. VT is without question the most snakebitten team of 2018, pretty much going away.
I am one of those folks that thinks that Bud needs to go. He is a great DC but as long as he is there it will never really be Fuente's/ or another HC's team. He should have been hired as the HC or gently pushed out. He is in too much of a comfort zone and it shows as his D has been constantly getting pushed around. I also think that is why there is a talent gap. I am not sold on Foster as "the" recruiter and the attrition is showing that he is not getting the right guys (trying to find those diamonds in the muck can bite the other direction too). I jokingly say that he needs to go to a FSU/Texas like school that can get a better native talent pool but needs better X&Os coach. Hey, it worked for Venables...