Virginia Tech’s keys to victory Sunday
1 Take care of the football: One of the main reasons redshirt freshman Josh Jackson was named the team’s starting quarterback was the coaching staff believes he’s the least likely to make catastrophic errors that would lead to turnovers. West Virginia fed off turnovers last season, intercepting 13 passes in its 10 victories and just one in its three losses.
2 Let the defense lead the way: The Hokies are breaking in a new quarterback, two new offensive linemen and a bevy of inexperienced receivers. The offense has a chance to be good this season, but it might not be ready for a Big 12-style shootout in Week 1. If Bud Foster’s defense can hold down the Mountaineers, it’ll give Jackson and company the chance to get their legs under them.
3 No major miscues: Opening ballgames can sometimes be chock full of errors and gaffes. Neither team can afford to bobble snaps, muff punts or give up big returns on special teams. The one that does commit those kind of costly mistakes could be the team that opens the season 0-1.