Boston College vs. #23 Virginia Tech: Final Thoughts and Predictions

A.J. Black

Boston College is heading to Blacksburg on Saturday to face off with the #23 Virginia Tech. This is the 29th matchup between the two schools, with the Hokies holding an 18-10 edge over the Eagles. However, BC has won the previous two matchups, including the season opener last year in Chestnut Hill 35-28. 

Virginia Tech is a tale of two teams. On the offensive side of the ball, they are explosive, especially on the ground. Transfer running back Khalil Herbert, a name many BC fans should recognize for his time at Kansas, is averaging more than ten yards a carry through the first three games. Quarterback Hendon Hooker is set to get his first start of the season, and he can score points in a hurry. But on the defensive side of the ball, the lunch pail defenses of Bud Foster haven't shown up this year. Last week against UNC the Hokies defense allowed 56 points, along with 400 yards on the ground. 

Let's look at our talking points heading into this game. 

Matchups

When Boston College Throws The Ball: Edge Boston College. It is incredible that in just a year, BC went from a run heavy offense, to a passing attack that is 18th in the country. There should be room for Phil Jurkovec to throw the ball, as the Hokies are 48th in the country in passing yards allowed. 

When Boston College Runs The Ball: Edge Virginia Tech. Just as incredible as the pass game has been is that in just a span of year, BC can't seem to find their run game. In the first four games BC has rushed for 60 yards a game, and David Bailey has been a virtual non-factor. However, VT has been even more inconsistent defending it. This isn't a huge edge for the Hokies, but let's give them a bit of an advantage here. 

When Virginia Tech Passes the Ball: Edge Boston College. It is hard to evaluate what this passing attack will look like this year with Hendon Hooker at the helm. BC's pass defense has been very good so far through four games, and Virginia Tech's passing attack could be the weakest group they have faced in the past two weeks. 

When Virginia Tech Runs the Ball: Edge Virginia Tech. This matchup may be the key to the game. The Hokies have one of the best rushing attacks in the country, while BC's rushing defense has been inconsistent. If BC can hold Herbert and company in check they could be in great shape for an upset, but if he does to BC what he did to them last year, the Eagles could be in big trouble. 

Beer of the Game: Pumpkin Patch: Wormtown Brewery

I live out near Worcester, and have made multiple trips out to this brewery. Highly recommend it when it is safe to do so, they recently redid the seating area, more space. And the beer they make? Very delicious. This offering is no different. 

Song of the Game

For many who have followed my predictions post, you know I usually pick a rap song. This season I'm changing it up, and showing off my versatility. For a season that is unusual, and frankly, weird, we are going to go with funk and soul all season long.

Per special request it is Tower of Power with What is Hip. If this song doesn't get your toes tapping, get to a doctor. 

Fan Excitement: 10/10

In the first four games, Hafley has done the following:

* Completely adjusted a gameplan at halftime and thrashed Duke in the second half. 

* Won on a game winning field goal with time expiring against Texas State

* Almost roared back against a Top 10 team, and was a failed two point conversion away from tying the game late in the game.

* Defeated Pitt in overtime on a missed extra point. 

The fanbase can just sense that there is something building in Chestnut Hill. A win over a Top 25 team, especially one that looks on paper to be an even matchup with BC would be the icing on the cake so far. Fans are pumped.

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AJ's Prediction: At this point it feels like I would be negligent to pick against Jeff Hafley, especially in big moments like this weekend. The key for this game will be shutting down Virginia Tech's running game, or at least slowing it down. Defensive coordinator Tem Lukabu along Hafley should be able to cook up something, and I expect Max Richardson and Isaiah McDuffie to be the stars in this game. The rational part of my brain is yelling Virginia Tech, but I think BC is going to vanquish another ghost this week with their first Top 25 win in over five years. Boston College 31 Virginia Tech 28. 

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Comments (26)
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Old Eagle
Old Eagle

I don’t know; I don’t know! Go Eagles!

Riderbc20
Riderbc20

Another nail biter
BC 27
VT 24

nedsh
nedsh

Under Daz good teams would put 7 or 8 men in the box. Stuff the line of scrimmage and force BC to win the game by passing which often they couldn't do. Against VT BC should employ that philosophy. Make VT throw.

Grumpy06
Grumpy06

Love your taste in music 🎶. Pumpkin beer again? BC needs to control the game clock, I think they will. BC35 VT 28 in a nail bitter

BCEagle1974
BCEagle1974

BC has to stop VT run is the key and then pass the Hokies Bye & Bye!

Khalil Herbert #21
Rushing Game Log

Date Opponent Surface Result Att Yards Avg. TD

09/26/20 North Carolina St. Grass W 45-24 6 104 17.33 1
10/03/20 @ Duke Grass W 38-31 19 207 10.89 2
10/10/20 @ 5 North Carolina Grass L 45-56 18 138 7.67 2

Totals 43 449 10.44

Those are some stats!

Solo Tackles NATIONAL LEADERS
Isaiah McDuffie Boston College (28)

Maybe ID can shadow this Heisman Trophy Candidate!

BCEagle1974
BCEagle1974

Solo Tackles NATIONAL LEADERS

Isaiah McDuffie Boston College (28)

Justin Rice Arkansas St. (28)

BCEagle1974
BCEagle1974

Off topic: >>

Simmons is already on his first franchise tag. The Broncos weren't able to come to terms on a contract extension before the season with the Boston College product, and with Simmons set to make $13.7 million on a second franchise tag against a $175 million cap next year, things aren't going to get any easier.

Wow! Way to go JS!!!❤️❤️❤️🦅🦅🦅💰💰💰💰

BCEagle1974
BCEagle1974

1-This was my thought, but you are way ahead of me!

Better stop them early on ground! This is the key to a passing shootout and win. VT starts running all over, BC has to be perfect on offense.

2-Your past “not song” selections are people I never heard of and is not music. Rap is not music.

I might have to ban you for life with that rap pick Crap!

Good pick this week though!

After all, I am the @TowerofTruth

Next week, I’ll pick!

Edge Virginia Tech. This matchup may be the key to the game. The Hokies have one of the best rushing attacks in the country, while BC's rushing defense has been inconsistent.

If BC can hold Herbert and company in check they could be in great shape for an upset, but if he does to BC what he did to them last year, the Eagles could be in big trouble.

Thomas Rayam
Thomas Rayam

Grit plus Class! Big Win for BC! 42-14!

BCEagle1974
BCEagle1974

44-32 BC

Nbenoit15
Nbenoit15

BC 34-28!!!!!!!

Tombs
Tombs

If they tackle Herbert tomorrow it will be the first time they have tackled him!

BigDaddyKane66
BigDaddyKane66

BC 35 Va Tech 23

Jkmanx
Jkmanx

First of all - love Tower of Power... Great call and good throwback music... I think Hafley and company figure out the run this Sat. - He said they are only one block away, and I think it finally clicks. I also think that they are super aware of Herbert and will be able to contain him. While I love Eagles2007 prediction, I will be a bit more conservative - but still think BC wins by more then two scores:
BC 42 VaTech 30

Eagles2007
Eagles2007

I'm going BC 66 Virginia Tech 3. Jurkovec throws for 600 yards! GO EAGLES !!!

FlatbreadsFan
FlatbreadsFan

I think 35-28 BC, I think the defensive game plan just slows VT down enough and forces them into some mistakes, while the BC offense rises to do enough. Specifically, I think they put VT in important situations where they’re forced to pass (with, for example, well timed blitzes closer to the red zone to shut down the run). I think BC prevents a comeback to attempt to send the game to OT.

rcmbc81
rcmbc81

Separate issue. I think it sucks that BC is on TV at the same time as UGA-Alabama. Ugh. As a huge CFB fan (and former resident of GA and Dawg fan), Georgia-Alabama is usually the 2nd or 3rd best football CFB game of the year, only surpassed (maybe) by the SEC and CFB Championships. I can't believe I'm not going to see that game live!

rcmbc81
rcmbc81

I'm going with the rational part of your brain, AJ - Va Tech. Obviously I want BC to win, but I don't see us slowing down Herbert. The guy ran wild against us last year, and he's no worse off at Va Tech averaging 10+ a carry. They usually have a good OL and it seems they do again this year. I just don't see our 245 lb DEs and 285 lb DTs holding up, and while our LBs are good, I think Herbert getting through the line into one on one matchups with our LBs and Ss is not a prescription for success. That said, I see both teams moving the ball.
Va Tech 38 BC 28.