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NCAA..@!! NC State vs Virginia Tech Live Stream NCAA College Football Week 4 WatcH Online TV

September 26 at 8:00 am5:00 pm EDT

The 2020 season has arrived for Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech (0-0) and North Carolina State (1-0) will take part in the Hokies home opener in Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Ahead of the contest, VTSCOOP’s Matej Sis, CZYHokie, Doug Bowman and Evan Watkins put together their predictions for the game.

There is so much to unpack about the Virginia Tech offseason that we simply do not know. Given the difficulties of Virginia Tech in recent weeks, it should not surprise anyone that there will be a mixture of starters and reserves on the field at the same time. How those combinations are formed ultimately dictate the result of the game and complicate the prediction making process.

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For Virginia Tech on offense, not much changes with either Hendon Hooker or Braxton Burmeister. Both guys will be relied upon to be the catalyst to the offense and their decision-making process determines the success rate for the unit. The offense may go through one of the two quarterbacks, but it’s the running backs that define the offense. It should come as no surprise that the two deepest positional units on offense are the Offensive Line room and the Running Backs. Virginia Tech has stockpiled talent and the usage of Raheem Blackshear, Khalil Herbert, Jalen Holston and Keshawn King will do much of the heavy lifting for the offense. Outside of the running backs, Hooker or Burmeister have several options in the passing game to keep the defense on their heels. Whether it’s Tre Turner, James Mitchell or Tayvion Robinson.

The most important factor for Virginia Tech on Saturday night is dictating the tempo and controlling the lion share of Time of Possession. Both NC State and Virginia Tech need to have sustained drives that incorporate a stable of running backs to methodically tire out the defense and put up points. Both teams do not want to rely on a heavy passing attack to get them back into the game.

Defensively, Virginia Tech has a tall task in order to slow down NC State’s running game. Bailey Hockman, who will make the start for the Wolfpack at quarterback, was not forced to put the game on his shoulders in game one. If Justin Hamilton can put the game in his hands, Virginia Tech should be in a comfortable position to succeed. It all depends on the effectiveness of the front 6 stalling out the run game.

While many expect a high scoring affair, both teams don’t necessarily want to put up points quickly. This one might come down to special teams, where both teams excel.

Prediction: Virginia Tech 34, North Carolina State 27

CZYHokie:

This game is an absolute toss up. These teams have had their share of issues with Covid, so my worry is the fact the Wolfpack has had 1 game to get their legs under them. NCSU has a few play makers, but my worry is NCSU’s D-Line, who is now coached by former Hokie Charlie Wiles. They are going to pin their ears back and get after VT’s starting QB who is likely going to be first time starter Braxton Burmeister . I do expect this to be a battle of Offenses however, because I just don’t expect much Defense from the good guys. I think we need another week before we are clicking on all cylinders, maybe two. For that reason I think VT loses a close one.

Well, who the heck knows? We don’t know what players will be available and how much those that are available can play. We also don’t know how much they’ve practiced. I think VT has enough depth to make this one a game, as long as they aren’t missing too many guys from the top two lines of the depth chart. I also think they’ll have enough talent offensively to put up points against the NC State defense. So, it comes down to the second half and conditioning. Is Virginia Tech’s defense able to withstand four quarters of a punishing NC State running game? I expect a high-scoring game for this reason, and I think NC State having one game under their belts gives them just a slight edge to pull it out.

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Date:
September 26
Time:
8:00 am – 5:00 pm