Ohio State seems poised to repeat as national champions. They are, undoubtedly, one of the most talented teams in the country. They have three potential Heisman winners and a loaded defense. But, with every number one, it comes with a target. Every team gets up for a number one coming to town. And the first test for the Buckeyes happens to be against the only team they lost to last year, the Virginia Tech Hokies. And here are the top five reasons why the Buckeyes will once again, lose to the Hokies.
1. Virginia Tech won last time
Last year Virginia Tech went into the Horseshoe at Ohio State and upset the preseason number five ranked team in the nation. Not only did the Hokies beat Ohio State, they beat them convincingly, 35-21. And the Hokies won with what they win with very often, defense. And that brings us to point two.
2. Virginia Tech Defense
Despite the Hokies having many years where they are a little off the map, Coach Beamer always brings a good defense to the field. They consistently put defensive players into the NFL. Last year they were ranked 21st in overall defense, 4th in 3rd down conversion percentage and 14th in defensive touchdowns. Despite the Hokies defense being a talented bunch, the Buckeyes have quite a defense themselves. But, once again, despite a talented defense, the Buckeyes will be lacking when they show up in Blacksburg on Monday night.
3. Ohio State’s Suspension
Ohio State will show up Monday without their star defensive lineman, Joey Bosa. Bosa earned the honor of Big Ten Defensive Player of the year last year and is hyped to do the same this year. Bosa is one of four suspended Buckeyes for Monday nights game. But without their leader on defense, the Buckeyes could have a tough time on defense, especially in the hostile environment they head into on Monday.
4. Lane Stadium will be hype
Last year the Buckeyes had their home crowd to back them up in the Horseshoe. But this year will not be so friendly. The Hokies stadium is always a tough environment for any team to play in. But when the number one team comes to town, Lane Stadium will be a mad house. Blacksburg will be an emotional place on Monday and the Hokies will just feed off of that. Communication will be difficult for the quarterbacks of Ohio State, which brings up point number five.
5. The Buckeyes are yet to choose a starting quarterback
Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett are both very good quarterbacks. Both could start pretty much anywhere in the country. But Urban Meyer has yet to say which one will start for the Buckeyes on Monday. Despite them both being very good, not knowing a starter could hurt the offense, especially in a hostile stadium when hearing could be tough. Not knowing a starter could effect play calling, signals and chemistry within a team. The Buckeyes are very lucky to have quarterbacks like Barrett and Jones, but in this situation, it could hurt them when they play in Lane Stadium against a Hokie team that knows what it takes to beat the Buckeyes.
It will be tough for the Hokies to pull off the improbable. It seems almost impossible against such a talented, experienced Buckeyes team. But the Hokies have nothing to lose. They know what it takes to win, their defense will be top-notch like usual, and the atmosphere for Monday night will have the smell of an early college football upset in the air.