ACC Countdown: No. 7 Virginia Tech

Coach Frank Beamer will have to rely on a stout and potentially dynamic defense to carry the Hokies this season -- in lieu of Virginia Tech seeking a new quarterback and needing to fortify a sometimes-shaky offensive line.

The offensive line.

That game could tell us a lot about where Virginia Tech is going and if the Hokies are back to their old ways of squelching the hopes and dreams of upstart Coastal title contenders.

Virginia Tech is being judged a bit harshly, admittedly, but it’s being judged by the typical high standards of the Beamer era.