Most important game: Virginia Tech

Our “most important game series” continues today with the Hokies:

Virginia Tech

Most important game: Sept. 26 at Georgia Tech

Why it’s important: Because this is the first real chance for the Hokies to prove they’re good enough to be relevant in the conference race again. After the most disappointing season in 20 years, Virginia Tech will start its quest for redemption in a meaningful, nationally-televised Thursday night game on the road. The Hokies should be riding a three-game win streak and feeling confident heading into Atlanta. It’s no coincidence that this is also the “most important game” for Georgia Tech, as the Jackets will have plenty on the line, too. Historically, this has been the most important series in the Coastal Division race. Every year since the ACC split into divisions -- with the exception of last season -- the winner of the Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech game has gone on to win the division. This year, expectations are higher for Miami and North Carolina, which were both ineligible last year. Until proven otherwise, though, the importance of this game should not be diminished.

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