The Hokies haven't been this big of a home underdog since 1988 when Tech was a 22-point underdog against South Carolina (L, 26-24). Great teams have come into Lane as big favorites, but rarely ever this big.
The defending champion 2015 Ohio State team that went 12-1 was a 14 point favorite (L, 42-24).
The 2001 Miami team that went on to win the national title was also a 14 point favorite in Lane (L, 26-24).
The 1992 Miami team that won the AP title the year before and went to the national title game again was a 19.5 point favorite in Blacksburg (L, 23-43).
The 1989 Florida State team that went 10-2 and finished #3 in the AP Poll was a 16 point favorite (L, 41-7).
A week before the SoCar game, we were 23-point underdogs to the West Virginia team that went to the National Championship game and finished #5 in the AP Poll (L, 22-10).
Homefield advantage has been limited this year with the lack of fans around the country, but it's still jarring to see our squad giving away 21.5 points in Blacksburg.