Boston College vs. Virginia Tech fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, November 3
Game Time: 3:45 ET
Venue: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
Network: ACC Network
Boston College (6-2) vs. Virginia Tech (4-3) Game Preview
One Reason Why Boston College Will Win
It’s all humming.
The Eagles have their guy back, and the offense has its groove going with AJ Dillon coming of a 149-yard day against a loaded Miami defensive front. The Eagles won 27-14 to not only win its third game in the last four, but to keep ACC title hopes alive.
Don’t mock it. This Eagle team has the running game, the coaching, and the defensive front to really and truly have a shot at beating Clemson at home next week to take control in the Atlantic race.
But first, it has to rip through the Virginia Tech defense.
Granted, the Boston College ground game is apples to rutabagas compared to what the Georgia Tech attack does, but the Hokies can’t stop either one.
The defensive front has taken a bit of a break over the last few weeks, getting destroyed for over five yards per carry in the loss to Notre Dame, giving up 235 rushing yards in the win over North Carolina the week before, and then came the disaster – the 465 yards and seven scores given up at home to the Yellow Jackets.
Different styles, same results?
The Eagles might not control the clock, and they don’t own third downs, but they’ll run for well over 200 yards, the defensive front will own the Hokie backfield, and the overall line play might just be enough to get by.
One Reason Why Virginia Tech Will Win
For all of Virginia Tech’s problems and inconsistencies, it’s been able to bounce back from bad performances in a hurry, alternating win-loss-win-loss over the last six games. Now it’s due to rally back and come up with a victory at home.
Okay, so it didn’t play well in the win over North Carolina, but the pattern holds.
To get this done, Ryan Willis has to go off.
How did Boston College lose to Purdue? David Blough had himself a day, completing 75% of his passes for almost 300 yards and there scores. He averaged well over ten yards per throw.
How did BC lose to NC State? Ryan Finley went off, hitting 74% of his throws for 308 yards and two scores averaging over nine yards per pass.
Okay, so that’s what it takes? Those are the only two BC losses on the year, and no one else after the opener against UMass has been average more than six yards per throw. And that’s the key – the quarterback has to get enough time to make something happen down the field.
Willis is averaging close to eight yards per throw.
What’s Going To Happen
Virginia Tech has just the right blend of things to pull this off.
Boston College’s two losses came on the road against teams that throw a bit. The Hokie O line might not be amazing, but it should be able to give Willis just enough time to operate.
Virginia Tech doesn’t turn the ball over – it leads the ACC in fewest turnovers given up – potentially negating BC’s ability to come up with big takeaways.
It won’t be pretty, but for the Hokies, getting out with a win right now is all that matters.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Virginia Tech 31, Boston College 27
Line: Boston College -2, o/u: 57.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 3.5
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