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Thursday Links

It's Thursday, and on a college campus, that means the weekend is here. So be happy about that, and enjoy some of these links.

Heather Dinich of ranks Boston College as the top team in the ACC's Atlantic Division. It should be noted, though, that members of the news media also picked Boston College to finish last in the division at the ACC Football Kickoff in July. So take it all for what it's worth in the Atlantic Division. On Tuesday, my colleague Eric Prisbell wrote about how that half of the conference makes up "the wackiest division in major college football."

In the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Darryl Slater writes about the Hokies' trouble handling big plays. Slater clearly did a lot of number crunching because he came out with some interesting statistics: Virginia Tech has allowed 20 plays of 20 yards or longer, and those big plays have accounted for 45.3 percent of their opponents' yards. That figure supports what some of the coaches have said about the Hokies' defense being solid other than those glaring miscues.

Since joining the ACC, the Hokies are 1-3 in the regular season against Boston College. No moment stood out more than Matt Ryan's heroic performance in leading the Eagles to a 14-10 win over Virginia Tech in 2007 in Blacksburg. But the Hokies they have won each of the teams' meetings in the conference title game. Those are memories Virginia Tech fans prefer. Check the video below of the Hokies' 30-16 win over Boston College in the 2007 ACC title game.

Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated the Hokies' record against Boston College.

By Mark Viera  |  October 8, 2009; 8:33 AM ET
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I believe the regular season W-L record is 1-3 for the Hokies vs BC. The success has been in the ACC championship.

Posted by: genotype1a | October 8, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

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