Thursday, October 25, 2007

Virginia Tech vs Boston College

An ACC clash of top 10 teams as Boston College travels to Blacksburg to take on the #8 Virginia Tech Hokies. This Thursday Night ESPN affair could be a preview of the ACC Championship Game, though Virginia may have something to say about this.

Virginia Tech vs Boston College 7:30 ESPN
Line: VT -3, 41

BC Season Recap:

The Eagles started off with 3 straight conference wins. They beat the defending ACC champs (Wake Forest), their old coach (NC State), and Georgia Tech on the road. BC will be playing their first ACC game in over a month. The Eagles have risen to #2 in the nation largely by remaining undefeated while other teams have fallen. Their best win is either Wake Forest or Georgia Tech, both of which they beat by double digits but are average teams.

VT Season Recap:
The Hokies struggled early on against East Carolina and then got blown out by LSU on the road. Who knows how much weight they were carrying on their shoulders after the campus shootings last April. The Hokies have also risen into the top 10 by continuing to win after starting 1-1. Their best win was a win at Clemson where they scored on 2 returns and a defensive touchdown.

Common Opponents:
None

BC Statistics:
4-2 ATS 4-2 O/U
16th ranked total offense (455.4); 8th ranked pass offense (310.9); 29th total points (34.6)
30th ranked total defense (323.6); 1st in rush defense (46.4); 18th points allowed (17.7)

VT Statistics:
2-4 ATS 3-3 O/U
113th total offense (298.9); 92nd in rush offense (119.4); 57th total points (28.1)
14th in total defense (302.1); 17th in rush defense (98); 9th in points allowed (16.0)

A struggling Virginia Tech offense will have its hands full with a highly ranked BC defense. Frank Beamer has been tight lipped about the starting QB, but it is hard to believe freshman Tyrod Taylor will start after getting a cast on his ankle taken off just last week. The starter to begin the season, Sean Glennon, will have to face an opportunistic Eagle defense who have been stellar despite losing two of their best players before the season (Brian Toal and BJ Raji). The forecast is for heavy rain which could hamper the pass happy BC offense. KEY: Sean Glennon is searching for a big win as the starter as has his chance to hold onto the job with a good, turnover free game.

Matt Ryan will be facing his stiffest test yet in the Virginia Tech defense led by DE Chris Ellis and LB Xavier Adibi. A secret weapon to help slow the Hokie rush could be the BC running backs, Andre Callender and LV Whitworth. Ryan has been very successful because of great protection and Heisman like accuracy. KEY: The BC line is tall and quick but lacks size. If they can give Ryan protection he should be able to find holes in the Hokie defense.

Prediction:
Virginia Tech lives for Thursday games, especially at home as they are 13-2 all time home or away. The crowd and special teams will give 6-7 points. However, BC has about as a steady of a QB in Matt Ryan. The #2 team in the country has lost three straight weeks and this has been a year of upsets week after week. It may be BC's turn now.
Virginia Tech Wins, BC Covers, Under

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