Has any program in America been more consistent than Virginia Tech? The Hokies have won 10 or 11 games in 13 of the last 17 seasons, including eight straight.
11-3, 11-3, 10-3, 10-4, 11-3, 10-3, 11-2, 10-3. That's the Hokies' annual record since joining the ACC in 2004.
But now Virginia Tech is 3-2 and lucky it's not worse – in the season opener, they rallied to force overtime and beat Georgia Tech. The Hokies have lost 35-17 at Pitt and 27-24 to Cincinnati in Landover, Md.
Frank Beamer is coach for life at Virginia Tech, which he has turned into a nationally-prominent program. But Beamer's efforts to lift the Hokies above that 11-3 treadmill are going in reverse.
Virginia Tech has upcoming games at Clemson and Miami, plus a home game against Florida State. Saturday, the Hokies play at 3-2 North Carolina, desperately needing a victory. Beamer faces one of his toughest coaching jobs.