CPJ was just given carte blanche over the program, he's here for awhile.
I think you're forgetting about the loads of talent and depth at some of these schools. I do agree that VT is declining but I believe Logan Thomas was a big reason why. Their D has still been good and although at times (especially against us) it looked like he was the only one on the team doing anything, I think he was responsible for not making the players around him better. I also think one of VT’s problems is they are trying to adapt their offense to the same O as other top teams are running and it just doesn’t work for them.I think we go to the ACCCG this year and lose to FSU. VPI is declining lately, ThUgs are without their QB and Clemson has to make up for no more Sammy Watkins and Taj Boyd.
I also predict Duke to be a wild card this year--not as a title contender, but as a potential upset every week.
If we win 9 in the regular season then it's a success. Most fans would be happy going to a bowl with a chance to win a tenth game.
Damn right nine and a win over UGA is always a mark of a good year.We need to beat them so bad so often that they surrender playing us at the middle of Grant Field.Some of you may be too young to remember this, but it was a heady feeling back in 2008 when we won 9 regular season games and one of them was over the University of Jawjah. Now that had the feeling of success. And nobody gave a damn that we didn't win the Coastal, and very few felt bad when LSU crushed our nards in the Peach Bowl. 9 wins, beat Georgia, good year. It was a simple formula.
Some of you may be too young to remember this, but it was a heady feeling back in 2008 when we won 9 regular season games and one of them was over the University of Jawjah. Now that had the feeling of success. And nobody gave a damn that we didn't win the Coastal, and very few felt bad when LSU crushed our nards in the Peach Bowl. 9 wins, beat Georgia, good year. It was a simple formula.
We had a 20 point lead against the mutts and couldn't get the job done. So not even going to say beat the dwags. We must win 2 of 3 against VT, Miami, or Clemson would please me.
It is fun to discuss possible records and to evaluate where we think other programs are in terms of who they are losing and who they have coming back etc. However, none of us really know what direction any of those teams are headed. We don't really even know what WE have at this point. When I think about what will make the upcoming season a success in my eyes, the first thing that comes to mind is this one simple thing: will crunch time bring out the best in us? In other words, will we finish out close games? If the answer to that question is YES, then we will have a record we are all proud of. I have been saying this for a few years now. Failure to finish has been our problem. Go back and look at the record of games that were close at the end. It has been abysmal. If we were just .500 in those situations, the entirety of Jacket nation would still be enamored with CPJ and the system.
I don't think we will be so good that we run through our schedule like crap through a goose. I think many games that we are all predicting as wins will be very hard fought and close. The culture needs to change, not the system etc. If we develop a culture of finishing and winning the tough ones, I will be happy regardless of record. However, if that happens, I think the record will be pretty good.