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With its 4-1 start, Boston College is making the so-called experts look foolish. The Boston Globe reports on ESPN analyst Andre Ware, who said the Eagles would have a tough time beating Northeastern and Kent State and would finish either 2-10 or 3-9. Boston College beat those schools by a combined score of 88-7. So much for preseason predictions.

In 1994, Gary Tranquill was Virginia Tech's offensive coordinator. He left before that season's Gator Bowl, after one year in Blacksburg, to join Nick Saban at Michigan State. (In the article, Tranquill said his brief tenure with the Hokies did not translate to tensions with Coach Frank Beamer.) Now Tranquill, 69, is Boston College's offense coordinator at the tail end of a 15-stop coaching odyssey.

Finally, the Eagles are worried about Hokies quarterback Tyrod Taylor. In order to contain Taylor, a mobile threat, Boston College defensive end Jim Ramella said the Eagles would bring “a controlled rush." They can't get out of control, too far up field and out of their rushing lanes. But they don't want to give Taylor all day. Perhaps the Eagles learned something from Nebraska, which contained Taylor by essentially leaving its defensive linemen at the line of scrimmage. Virginia Tech had poor day moving the ball against the Cornhuskers.

In 2000, as Boston College's second-year defensive coordinator, Frank Spaziani had to deal with another of the Hokies' mobile quarterbacks in Virgina Tech's 48-34 win. Now, I'm not comparing Taylor to Michael Vick, but just pointing out, with the talk about containing Taylor, the folks in Chestnut Hill are surely hoping to avoid a similar fate as the clip below.

By Mark Viera  |  October 9, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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