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Staff Picks: VT vs Cincinnati

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Virginia Tech had a rebounding, 37-0 win over Bowling Green Saturday, but a number of areas have still left cause for concern. Will those be put to bed against Cincinnati at FedEx Field?
We take our shots at calling what will happen at today's 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff.
A shutout is a shutout. But rarely is a 37-0 win so ho-hum as it was for Virginia Tech.
The Falcons still gained 266 total yards of offense. Numerous times, they moved the ball on the Hokies' side of the field before Virginia Tech's defense came through.
Offensively, the Hokies had 396 total yards, but junior quarterback
Thomas is too talented to keep this up. It's gotta turn around. But when? This is as good a chance as any, against a formidable opponent in Cincinnati.
Defensively, there were a few redflags and
Virginia Tech will probably struggle again early, as it has in each of its first four games. But after that, the offense should get moving. Whether or not Thomas gets his arm in order, is another matter.
This is a scary game for Virginia Tech. They are far from a finished product and have plenty of things they are working on still. From play-to-play, the Hokies still aren't consistent enough on offense or defense to be considered a heavy favorite against a quality team like Cincinnati.
The Bearcats have a really good coach and have athleticism all over the field, so Tech will need to play their best. This will be a good test for the Hokies ahead of their tough road game at North Carolina next week, which feature a spread offense and some of the same athleticism.
I expect
A loss to Boise State at FedEx Field a few seasons ago was more than painful for Virginia Tech fans. Now, while Cincinnati isn't the same caliber as the Broncos, the Hokies will this time exit the stadium with a victory as Thomas shines for the first time all season.
An athletic Bearcat defense will cause issues, but the Virginia Tech defense will cause even more issues for the Big East squad. Expect a surprisingly strong day from running back