Stop. Fumbling. The. Football. If the Hokies had been able to hold on to the football on Saturday, they likely would’ve won. Or at least would’ve had a good chance to win.
Oh well. On to the next one. Up next is Boston College. Here are their last 9 ACC games:
Florida State Seminoles Lost 14-0
at Duke Blue Devils Lost 9-7
Wake Forest Demon Deacons Lost 3-0
at Clemson Tigers Lost 34-17
at Louisville Cardinals Lost 17-14
Virginia Tech Hokies Lost 26-10
NC State Wolfpack Lost 24-8
at Syracuse Orange Lost 20-17
vs Georgia Tech Lost 17 – 14
0-9 in their last ACC games? Easy sledding, right? Not so much. Boston College had the #1 defense in the nation last year. This year, they have the #3 defense in the nation. And it’s not smoke and mirrors. They’re really good.
This might be the toughest defense that the Hokies play all season. They allow 48 rushing yards per game. And they’ve already played Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech only managed 2.7 yards per carry against them. This is a team that you cannot run on. If you want to beat BC, you have to beat them thru the air.
You know what else makes this an intriguing matchup? Scot Loeffler. He’s the Eagle’s new offensive coordinator. You can bet he knows our personnel pretty well and he know Bud Foster’s defense. If there is anyone who knows how to exploit our personnel on defense, it’s him. It should not surprise you if BC has a couple of tricks up their sleeve against our defense.
The Hokies are 2-9 in their last 11 home games vs the Power 5. It’s time for that to change. Boston College have lost their last 9 ACC games. You would think this should be an easy game. Not likely. BC is the type of team that can beat you with defense alone. Especially if you’re prone to making mistakes and turning the ball over. I still expect the Hokies to win but the offense is going to need to make some plays thru the air. This one won’t be easy.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 17, Boston College 13
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What are your thoughts on your team so far?
Boston College is right around where I expected them to be overall, but didn’t get there the way anyone expected. Beat USC, lose to Colorado State? Take Clemson to the wire, nearly blow a 20-point lead against Wake? The Eagles are unpredictable but I never bought the media’s prophesies of doom for this team, especially those that killed BC after losing Andre Williams. BC wasn’t massively underrated, but they were underrated to an extent, which is nothing new to us really. We’re looking like a bowl team again and I’m satisfied.
What are your expectations going into the VT game?
Were the Hokies still ranked, the expectations would be minimal. The Eagles haven’t played a good game at Lane Stadium in years, but Boston College is catching Virginia Tech at the right time. This is about as good a chance they’ve had of beating VT in their building since we had Matt Ryan. I am not expecting a win at this point but I am expecting that the Eagles will at least be in the game in the fourth quarter. Part of it is that nobody knows how the Hokies are going to respond to the Miami embarrassment.
What are your thoughts on VT being BC’s inter-division rival? Do you like the arrangement or would you like to see BC matched with another team?
This rivalry game has served us well for a long time — I noted on my own site that these two teams have only gone one year since 1993 where they did not see one another. There is a familiarity with playing the Hokies every year, and while I wouldn’t mind one-year breaks now and then, I have no issues with keeping the series going indefinitely.
What is your prediction for the game?
I’m debating this — my response might change several times from now until Saturday morning. As for now, you caught me at a time when I’m expecting a narrow VT win. The Hokies are clearly in trouble but I don’t think they’re as bad as they looked last Thursday. Thing is, their run defense looked porous at best and that’s bad news if the Eagles run game gets going. I don’t put too much stock into BC being 3-0 on the road as they’ve played lesser opposition all three times. Even beating a relatively down VT team on the road would be worthy of praise.