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Virginia Tech-Ohio State Preview Capsule

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 4, 2014 at 4:56 pm •  Published: September 4, 2014
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VIRGINIA TECH (1-0) at No. 8 OHIO STATE (1-0), 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Line: Ohio State by 11½.

Series Record: First meeting.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Hokies are hoping this could herald a return to the spotlight after losing 11 games the past two seasons. Coach Frank Beamer has racked up 225 wins in his 28 years in Blacksburg, Virginia, but his teams have lost games before October in seven of the last eight years to quickly fall out of the national championship picture. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes are trying to build momentum while gaining experience for a young team. Frosh QB J.T. Barrett, filling in for the injured Braxton Miller, played well but the offense still got off to a slow start before overcoming Navy in the opener.

KEY MATCHUP

Tech offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler against the Buckeyes defense. The former Michigan QB was Ohio State coach Urban Meyer's QBs coach for two years at Florida and knows how his old boss thinks. Tech QB Michael Brewer was good against FCS William and Mary last week, but this is a much bigger challenge against the Buckeyes' veteran, aggressive front line and mobile linebackers.

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