... the leaky O-line shores up its holes.
MAKING THE CASE Three of Tech's five losses in '13 were to teams that sacked the QB at least three times. LT Laurence Gibson and the O-line must improve, but QB Michael Brewer (a Texas Tech transplant and Blacksburg newbie) is mobile and should be able to evade in the pocket.
CROSS-EXAM OSU returns three D-linemen who had seven-plus sacks in '13. But VT lucks out: DE Noah Spence (eight sacks, 14 1/2 TFL) is suspended for two games after a positive drug test.
... it averages four yards a carry.
MAKING THE CASE Ohio State led the FBS with 6.8 yards per rush in '13 and never dipped below 4 ypc in a game. But RB Carlos Hyde (6.1 career ypc) is now a 49er and QB Braxton Miller is out with a bum shoulder, leaving RB Ezekiel Elliott (30 career carries) to find holes and stay on his feet.
CROSS-EXAM Tech allowed 3.2 ypc, less than half the Bucks' rate, but returns only one of its front seven. The Hokies held nine teams below 4 ypc in '13 but went 1-3 when allowing more.