Richard, Alex, and Godfrey spent about 4 and a half minutes talking about VT this week. These are probably my three favorite commentators in CFB because they do a good job of storytelling while only dishing luke-warm, level headed takes. I like to share whenever they talk Hokie Football. VT talk starts at about the 9:00 minute mark:
Below I did my best to transcribe three comments/conversations that stood out to me. One that I didn't include here was a 30 second or so discussion about how the Mack Brown experiment at UNC is working out, how surprised they are, and why it's working. Anyways, the comments below were taken out of context, so take them with the appropriate grain of salt.
Richard summarizing the game:
UNC beats Virginia Tech... Virginia Tech down a million DB's, they just were. They were down 5 when the game started, lost another to a targeting call. I don't really know how Virginia Tech continues to play this well without those guys, and we're really impressed by that. Virginia Tech battled back really well this game, but at the end of the day, the depth is the depth.
Godfrey on Fuente/Saturday's performance:
I really thought Justin Fuente would be the perfect fit to bring Virginia Tech back We're all talking about this in the context of is Justin Fuente going to get fired, do we do that during COVID, what's our identity... They fought their asses off in the most cliche way that I can describe...
Godfrey and Alex talking about this season in the larger context of VT football:
[Alex:] VIrginia Tech has had so much going on due to COVID and they've been play so up and down as a result, especially in this game - which direction is the Justin Fuente meter pointing at this point, because it seems to change each month, at least during this last year?
[Godfrey:] These are always really tough questions to answer, because no one's career should be judged by 2020 in isolation... However, entering this season, there were systemic issues at Virginia Tech that we haven't seen them solve, but honestly, we haven't seen the Hokies with the capability of solving the problems they have because they've been so undermanned because of the virus, so I would hit a pause. Ultimately, I don't think Fuente and Virginia Tech workout, I don't think this is some miraculous turning point; I think they move on from one another, but to me it feels disingenuous to build a case against him based on what we've seen in these three games. This is not a full football team, this is not a complete roster...
[Alex:] They host BC on Saturday, a game they should win...
[Godfrey:] I will say this, people around Virginia Tech are going to look at games like this, when you see the rebuilding and the plucky teams, like BC and Louisville... these are games that you absolutely need to win to get people who have influence in Blacksburg to say 'this was a fluky year, lets move on to 2021.'