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Virginia Tech Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for 2022

Chamarri Conner, Virginia Tech Hokies Football

Chamarri Conner and the Hokies are embracing a fresh start under new head coach Brent Pry.

The anticipation has been building as the on-the-field Brent Pry era is about to begin in Blacksburg. The fact that Pry, and not Justin Fuente, is the head coach gives many Virginia Tech supporters a reason to smile as the new season approaches.

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But winning more games is the ultimate goal and that could be a challenge in 2022. The Hokies play two Group of Five teams on the road, host a Big 12 program that went bowling last fall, and get one of the true ACC Atlantic contenders in their random crossover game. Rome wasn't built in a day and the Hokies will need some time to develop as well, especially on offense.

Here is what some of Athlon's analysts think about this year's Virginia Tech squad.

Virginia Tech Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2022

Steven LassanMark RossJon Kinne

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Virginia Tech

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Boston College

Boston College

Boston College

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Wofford

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West Virginia

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at North Carolina

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at Pitt

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Miami

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NC State

NC State

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Georgia Tech

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

at Duke

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

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Virginia

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Final Record

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7-5

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
New coach Brent Pry has his work cut out in Blacksburg this fall. Virginia Tech went 11-13 over the last two years and needed an upset over Virginia just to get bowl eligible in ’21. Also, the roster is in transition and in need of repair on both sides of the ball. An offense that averaged only 23.7 points a game entered fall practice with two transfers (Grant Wells and Jason Brown) atop the depth chart and few proven weapons at receiver and little depth along the offensive line. On the positive side for new coordinator Tyler Bowen, Wells is talented and capable of jump-starting the passing game, and running backs Malachi Thomas and Jalen Holston provide a solid one-two punch. Pry’s impact should be noticeable on a defense that limited teams to 25.3 points a game last fall and is likely to be the strength of the ’22 squad. Seven starters are back to provide a strong foundation, including linebacker Dax Hollifield, cornerback Dorian Strong and safety Chamarri Conner. Virginia Tech is likely to be a work in progress and needs to lean on its defense early to win. While big roster question marks remain for the new staff, there are enough winnable games to get to six victories and a bowl. 

Mark Ross (@AthlonMarkR)
I'm eager to see Brent Pry put his imprint on the Hokies but there's a lot of work to do. Going from Justin Fuente, an offensive-minded coach who apparently rubbed a lot of people inside the program the wrong way, to a defensive guy like Pry is a big enough transition in and of itself, but this also was a team that was struggling to find an identity to begin with. As a result, the roster is in flux and there are more questions than answers at this point. That said, I think Pry and the new staff will be a breath of fresh air for all involved and I think the players will show up for him. And the Hokies will need to with a schedule that is somewhat front-loaded before easing up. Even with all of the questions (starting at quarterback) and a tough five-game stretch of games awaiting them, I think Virginia Tech will get better as the season progresses and this will really show in November when the Hokies go 4-0 to secure bowl eligibility. 

Jon Kinne (@JonRKinne)
The Hokies struggled on offense in 2021 and identifying true playmakers this year is difficult as well. Last year's top two rushers and three leading receivers are gone and Pry must find a competent quarterback or this offense could really sputter. The good news is that there are some nice pieces on defense led by linebackers Dax Hollifield and Alan Tisdale. Also, the schedule sets up for a nice run at the end of the year. I predict that Virginia Tech will split the two early home games against Boston College and West Virginia before what could be a very rough October. But as the group begins to get more comfortable with the new system, the Hokies should find success against a softer schedule in November. The trip to Lynchburg on Nov. 19 and the season finale against UVA could determine Tech's postseason fate and I believe they will sweep those games to build momentum going into Pry's second season.

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