I think we should all re-watch the game and pay attention to the small details which led to the loss. VT converting on 3rd and forever, our guys giving field position based on penalties or kickoff out of bounds, a fumble that was recovered but was not rewarded to our guys, offensive play calling that seemed like a small child was in charge. When you put all these things together of course we lose, but if you remove just a few of them, through good coaching this doesn't happen. I chalk this game up to a perfect storm of events that went against us.
To answer the op though, we are NOT the dumpster fire that is up north. Nowhere near it. Yes we lost by 2 touchdowns on the scoreboard but we know we basically lost by 1 touchdown. It was the same that we did to Northwestern. I never considered that a 10 point win but a 3 point win even though we recovered the fumble in the end zone.
The sky is not falling, the coaches just have more work to do than we expected. Also, Herman needs to turn in his Mensa card because he isn't that smart. His play calling was as bland as Bollman and Borges. I feel this is where we are lacking the most, offensive play calling that counters what a defense is doing to us.