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There's plenty of unpredictability in college football. How else to explain Maryland's 37-0 thumping of West Virginia followed by the Mountaineer's upset of Oklahoma State Saturday.
Or in Virginia Tech's case, it was their strong of 10-win seasons ended by plenty of struggles uncommon with the Hokies.
Coach Frank Beamer said he can't be reading into North Carolina's struggles too much. The Tar Heels are 1-3 and coming off a 55-31 home loss to East Carolina. But Beamer is still plenty aware of what they can do. North Carolina after all defeated the Hokies 48-34 last season.
"You'd better be ready to play every Saturday," Beamer said. "We learned that last year. When you think things are about right, that's when they're getting ready to go wrong, so you've better get ready to play each and every week."
The unpredictability has been prevalent within Virginia Tech, too. The Hokies had 59 yards passing against Alabama, but senior quarterback Logan Thomas threw for 228 yards against Georgia Tech.
Now, it's a question of his health. Thomas played through an abdominal strain Thursday. Today, he walked on the stage at the Hokies' press conference with a walking boor on his right leg, after he sprained a bone in his foot during the first quarter.
"Number one, he's tough and he fits toughness to a 'T.'" Beamer said. "He's that guy. But you'd like to run some other guys a little more and him a little less. Right now, you kinda take what you have and build on it and do what's best for your football team."
Beamer also is trying to get his kicker, Cody Journell back in order. After missing three field goals and an extra point at East Carolina, Journell was suspended against Marshall for an undisclosed violation of team rules. He was back Thursday, but after connecting on a 39-yard field goal, he pushed a 25-yard attempt wide left.
Journell's issues continued when he apparently received death threats after the game on his phone.
"It's something that you just don't think about or you should think about, at the college level, pro level, high school level or whatever," Beamer said. "Guys are out there doing their best, playing as hard as they can play and there's no room for that as far as I'm concerned.
"That wasn't a good Hokie fan. That was somebody else that would wanna try to give your program a bad name. The Hokie fans I know, that wasn't them. That was somebody else."
In Virginia Tech's case, expect the unexpected.
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