But will the changes on offense keep the Hokies from their eighth straight season of at least 10 wins? It's the longest active streak in the country, as Texas' 10-win streak came to an end in 2010. USC's streak of seven straight from 2002-08 is not included because of vacated wins.
The Hokies stand alone, and they'll do it again in 2011 -- with a new quarterback.
The biggest reason for the vote of confidence is the manageable nonconference schedule. The Hokies should go 4-0 against nonconference opponents App State, ECU, Marshall and Arkansas State. Projected wins over Duke, Virginia and Wake Forest leave the Hokies looking for three more to keep the streak alive. Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Boston College, Clemson and a bowl opponent will provide ample opportunities to do so.
The second reason they'll keep the streak alive is the staff's stability and proven ability to reload. No team in the ACC has won as consistently as Virginia Tech since the Hokies joined the league. Considering the turnover throughout the rest of the league -- particularly in the Coastal Division -- there's no reason to expect that to change in 2011.