We're all aware that COVID-19 is messing everything up. This thread is not meant to delve into a discussion or debate about the virus, how it's being handled/reported by governments or media outlets, or how people should/shouldn't act. The reality we can all agree on is that stuff is getting cancelled as a direct result of the virus.
With that said, I'm curious how that changes our expectations heading into the 2020 football season. (I'm choosing to remain optimistic that football will still be played come September, though I am well aware that there is a possibility the COVID-19 fallout could delay, shorten, or even force the cancellation of the 2020 football. Let us pray it doesn't reach that point)
We do know that spring practices around the country will be truncated, if not altogether cancelled. It is my view that if there is any team in the nation which sorely needs spring practices to get better, it's the Hokies. Three months ago I was loudly pontificating that these coaches should get 10 wins out of these players against this upcoming schedule. Given that this spring is more or less shot we have to expect some ugly football games early in the season. Not just for the Hokies, but for all teams. Ugly also lends itself to a certain amount of unpredictability. I also think, with the nature of how college athletics is momentum driven, that winning some games (or losing them) could set the tone for how the rest of the season goes for many teams.
I'm willing to dial back my expectations because I do believe that these circumstances are absolutely extenuating. All this said, I think it is reasonable to expect 7 or 8 wins, given the circumstances, without pulling out the pitchforks. What does everyone else think?
P.S. Congrats to Chris and gobble gobble chumps on your new roles as moderators.