Just how good is Bud Foster's D?

Well, it's one of the best.

Virginia Tech fans showed some concern in 2009 because the Hokies' defense had a slight "drop-off" -- it was in the top 12 instead of the top 10. Really, it's no wonder Virginia Tech fans are ready to tie Foster to his desk chair and keep him there forever.

Since Virginia Tech has been in the ACC, no other defense in the FBS has played better defense more consistently. Over the past six seasons -- a span of 80 games -- Virginia Tech has allowed its opponents an average of just 268.33 yards per game. Foster has played an integral role in the Hokies' 62-18 record, .775 winning percentage and three ACC titles.

Check this out:

  • Virginia Tech finished nationally in the top 12 in total defense in each of the past six years, five times in the top 7.

  • The Hokies were 4th in 2004, first in 2005 and 2006, 4th in 2007, 7th in 2008 and 12th this past year.

  • The next best team has been Alabama, which allowed 275.32 yards per game, 7 yards per game more than Virginia Tech’s average.