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Virginia Tech-Boston College game set for noon

Virginia Tech's ACC opener against Boston College Saturday is scheduled to kick off at noon and will be broadcast on Raycom Sports' ACC Network, the conference announced Sunday.

Last year the Hokies had little trouble getting past their former Big East rival, defeating Boston College 48-14. But scoring should be harder to come by this time around now that the Eagles have 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, linebacker Mark Herzlich, back after he missed the entire 2009 campaign battling cancer.

Herzlich joins last year's ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year, sophomore Luke Kuechly, to form one of the nation's most fearsome linebacker duos. When Boston College defeated Kent State, 26-13, nine days ago, Kuechly was named ACC defensive lineman of the week after finishing with 10 tackles (3.5 tackles for loss). It was the 11th-straight game Kuechly had double-digit tackles, the longest current streak in Division-I college football.

Between 2006 and 2008, Boston College beat Virginia Tech three-consecutive times during the regular season. But in 2007 and 2008, the Hokies avenged those losses with victories over the Eagles in the ACC Championship game.

Boston College, who also defeated Division I-AA Weber State to begin the season, is one of two ACC teams that remain undefeated. Last week, Eagles offensive lineman Anthony Castonzo told reporters he and his teammates have had this matchup with the Hokies "circled on our calendars since the schedule came out" because of those championship losses.

Virginia Tech leads the all-time series against Boston College, 12-6, dating back to their time together in the Big East, but the Hokies haven't gone up to Alumni Stadium and beaten the Eagles on the road since 2002.

By Mark Giannotto  |  September 20, 2010; 9:05 AM ET
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