After a disappointing loss last week, Virginia Tech is looking to respond this Saturday with an ACC road win at Boston College. The Hokies are heavy favorites against Boston College, but the Eagles should be fired up this game and desperate to pick up a big win that could help save head coach Steve Addazio’s job.
The Hokies should take care of business in this matchup, but also can’t afford to overlook the Eagles. With that said, here are our picks for Saturday night’s ACC matchup.
This is one of the biggest mismatches of the year in the ACC with the league’s second-best team facing off against its worst. Virginia Tech is definitely the better team on-paper, but they must have the mental toughness to not get caught coasting into a bye week or stuck on last week’s loss. However, the Hokies have proven that they can avoid so far in Justin Fuente’s tenure with no back-to-back losses through 19 games.
Boston College’s pass defense is their strength, but their rush defense, even with Harold Landry, has been atrocious. This is one area where this matchup reminds me a lot of Virginia Tech’s game with ECU and though BC is more talented than the Pirates, their rush defense is simply bad and will struggle Saturday night. Expect the Hokies to attack that weakness early and often, and for guys like Deshawn McClease and Travon McMillian to have significantly better games than they did last week.
Meanwhile, Josh Jackson will face his second toughest challenge of the season so far, but Cam Phillips has proven it’s almost impossible to contain him, helping Jackson out a lot in this game. Phillips does face a tough matchup this week, but expect Phillips to have a productive game to lead the Hokies’ passing attack and break Isaiah Ford’s career reception record (needs 5 to break it) while keep an eye on Sean Savoy as he continues to solidify himself as the Hokies’ second option.
The biggest mismatch comes on defense as the Hokies face a Scot Loeffler offense with a QB who has 7 interceptions in 5 games, and a pair of RBs who are both averaging under 4 yards per carry. The Hokies shut Boston College out last season and though it’s hard seeing them do that on the road, it’s definitely possible. especially with how dominant the Hokies’ offense has been and how BC has struggled to establish the run, a staple of past Steve Addazio teams.
This game is a huge mismatch, and it’s almost impossible to see Boston College keeping it close. Virginia Tech will comfortably take care of their business in a game that they won’t overlook led by a strong rushing attack and a dominant defensive performance.
Prediction: #16 Virginia Tech 38, Boston College 6
Out of all the games this season I’m most anxious to watch thus far for Virginia Tech, besides Clemson, it’s today against Boston College. This isn’t because I think it’s a terrific match-up, but because I think the Hokies are going to make a statement to its fans and the college football world; a message that shows they bounced back after a disappointing loss, that they truly go 1-0 each week, and that Virginia Tech is still an elite team this year with lots to play for.
Looking at the game itself, Boston College doesn’t put up a lot of points and that’s their style. I think that’ll hurt them against an experienced linebacker corps that Virginia Tech has. Expect the running game for Virginia Tech to be much improved from a week ago and help carry the offense. I like the Hokies to prevail, 41-10, against the Eagles.
Prediction: #16 Virginia Tech 41, Boston College 10
#16 Virginia Tech (4-1, 0-1) travels to Chestnut Hill to face Boston College (2-3, 0-2) in a game where the Hokies should be able to rebound from their loss last week against Clemson. There are a few players that are questionable this week for the Hokies including wide receiver CJ Carroll.
Freshman quarterback Josh Jackson has been very composed throughout the season and has thrown for 12 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Boston College’s pass defense has been productive the season, and I think Jackson has an average game, throwing for 220 and a touchdown.
The Hokies will get it done on the ground though, and having Travon McMillian, Deshawn McClease, and Coleman Fox available will give the Hokies options at running back. I think Jackson will scramble for 70-plus yards this game and expose the Eagles’ rushing defense. Cam Phillips may not receive as many targets as usual, but I think he will have at least 80 receiving yards by the end of the game. The Hokies’ offense should be able to get it done, assuming they execute.
On defense, the Edmunds brothers will lead the team, along with cornerback Greg Stroman who will wear #25 this week. The Eagles’ offense has not been extremely productive this season, with quarterback Anthony Brown throwing 6 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
The Eagles are decent at running the ball, but I think the Hokies have a great run defense and will not give up many total yards. Hopefully, the Hokies will be able to force a turnover or two and put the game away early. Jackson looked timid against Clemson, but it’s understandable when you’re playing against the best defense in the nation. The offense will play well against Boston College, and the Hokies will come back to Blacksburg with a victory.