Hokies looking to finish strong

With three weeks still remaining in the regular season, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer summed up the Hokies’ season earlier this week when he said “it could have been a lot better, but it could have been a lot worse, too.”

Virginia Tech’s No. 4 ranking seems like a distant memory as the Hokies head to College Park to face Maryland on Saturday, but even without a conference title or a BCS bowl bid, Virginia Tech (6-3, 3-2 ACC) can still finish the season with 10 wins. The Hokies would have to win their final three games, which include two road trips, and win their bowl game, but if they manage to win out, it would keep an underappreciated streak alive.

Virginia Tech is one of just three schools in the FBS to win 10 games in each of the past five seasons (2004 to 2008). Only USC and Texas can also make that claim. That’s pretty elite company, though it’s a fact that doesn’t seem to get much attention. That could be because it pales in comparison to the national championship hopes the team started with this season. It’s a consolation prize, but it’s one worth shooting for nonetheless.

“I think we have to finish well right now, and continue to improve as a football team,” Beamer said. “We have a chance for 10 wins, and somebody brought it to my attention that every team we played so far has a winning record. We had a good schedule. We didn't play good enough to win in a couple of those ballgames, but it was never a lack of effort. We have a good group of players, and I like being around them.

“If we can finish strong now, we are going to feel good about ourselves,” Beamer said. “What we have been able to accomplish, it could have been a lot better, but it could have been a lot worse too. I'm proud of the way we put effort forth. I just want us to be a good football team in November, I want us to be the best football team we can possibly be in November.”

If they are, it should be another 10-win season for Beamer and the Hokies.