After a fumble-filled loss to the Tennessee Volunteers, the Virginia Tech Hokies are back home at Lane Stadium to open their ACC schedule with an afternoon showdown against the Boston College Eagles. The Hokies are looking to make a statement that they will be serious contenders to win the ACC Coastal while the Eagles are looking to pull off the upset for their first ACC victory in over a year.
Can the Hokies bounce back and open ACC play with a victory? Take a look at the predictions from our staff.
JW Gravley: Virginia Tech 38, Boston College 14
As ACC opponents go, Boston College will always be one of the trickier teams to play. Their defense is one of the best in the country (they allowed -23 rushing yards last week and had 8 sacks), and their offense is led by a decent SEC-transfer quarterback. Coach Fuente and his staff will be faced with several challenges as they start preparing for ACC football for the first time this season
However, there is a reason for Virginia Tech fans to be optimistic about the game. The offense has shown flashes of what they can be when they aren’t turning the ball over — 400 yards of offense against an SEC defense while also fumbling five times? That’s not too shabby. The running game will continue to get better with the addition of Marshawn Williams this week, and the passing game should continue to improve as Evans gets more and more comfortable with running this team.
The Virginia Tech defense in the first two games has looked like the good defenses of the past, and should play well against an offense led by a former Virginia Tech offensive coordinator. The offense MUST figure out their fumble problems and if they can do that, this team will be dangerous in the ACC. I expect Virginia Tech to score over 24 points on Boston College, which is like scoring 40 on any other ACC defense.
Prediction: Virginia Tech 31, Boston College 20
It’s been a week since a heartbreaking loss in Bristol for the Hokies. Last week was a continuation of mistakes made in the first week of the season. The Hokies will need to correct these mistakes as they open ACC play this weekend in Lane Stadium, against a pesky foe in the Boston College Eagles.
For some reason, BC is a puzzle that has been extremely hard to solve for Virginia Tech. I still remember two different Matt Ryan-led teams breaking the hearts of Hokie fans. This year, the Eagles have a transfer QB in Patrick Towles. Towles came from the University of Kentucky, and I have seen him play some since my wife is from the Bluegrass State. Towles is tall, and stands in the pocket looking to pick apart the Hokie secondary. Towles will not be intimidated by the Tech defense having faced elite SEC defenses.
However, the Tech defense will take over late in the game and allow Justin Fuente’s offense to continue their strides in the positive direction. Look for Ford, Hodges, and McMillian to create some more highlight plays. The Hokies take control of the game in the second half after a close first half, and win going away 38-20. 1-0 in the ACC is a good way to start. As always LETS GO HOKIES!!!!
Prediction: Virginia Tech 38, Boston College 20
After a tough 21-point loss to Tennessee, the Hokies are back home at Lane Stadium to face a Boston College eager to end their long ACC-losing streak. The Hokies may be the favorites but Virginia Tech knows that they can’t sleep on a Boston College team that cam close to taking down Georgia Tech in their season opener.
Boston College is once again built on a strong defense that may not be one of college football’s best but is still one of the ACC’s best. However, the Eagles face a Virginia Tech defense that has showed a lot of promise led by a pass defense that has given up under 100 passing yards and forced 4 interceptions in their first 2 games.
Today, it will be critical for the Hokies to be effective in stopping the rushing attack whether it be Boston College going up the gut in a traditional way or QB Patrick Towles looking to extend plays with his legs and try to do what Josh Dobbs was able to do last week. If the Hokies can force Towles to beat them from the pocket, this game has the potential to get ugly.
Boston College has been a thorn in Virginia Tech’s side in the past but don’t think this team will be overlooking this game especially after emphasizing a strong week of practice and intensity leading up to this game after poor practices was one thing players blamed last week.
Don’t expect this game to necessarily be a shootout as it has the potential to be but expect Jerod Evans to be productive once again this week while Isaiah Ford has another big game, taking advantage of not going against a potential first round pick in which he still had a solid game against. Travon McMillian also has some confidence on the ground and while McMillian should have a solid game, Evans and the aerial attack will lead the way today.
A lot has been made about Scot Loeffler having knowledge about what Bud Foster does but Foster also has plenty of knowledge about what Loeffler does and I would expect a very good game plan and another strong defensive performance. Led by Evans and a strong defensive performance, Virginia Tech will open ACC play with a comfortable home victory.