Pick 'em: Virginia Tech at Boston College
Boston College may be undefeated so far this year, but it's hard to gauge exactly how good the Eagles are heading into Saturday's ACC opener against Virginia Tech. Triumphs over Weber State and Kent State aren't exactly what you call impressive nonconference wins. Then again, they're facing a Hokies team that's just two weeks removed from losing to a division I-AA school.
On paper, this would seem to be a game dominated by running backs. Boston College likes to pound the ball with an offensive line that has four starters back from a year ago and a dynamic tailback in junior Montel Harris. Even without sophomore Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech prides itself on establishing the run game and will not be afraid to deploy junior Darren Evans and sophomore David Wilson.
But from all indications, both coaching staffs know this and will stack the box accordingly. That's why this matchup, in my opinion, will come to the quarterbacks. Neither Tyrod Taylor nor Dave Shinskie will put up huge numbers, but one will lead their team on a significant drive in the fourth quarter. My guess is this game will be as close as the four-point spread indicates.
In this matchup, though, I'm going with Taylor. He's been the most efficient quarterback in the ACC thus far, and I think his playmaking abilities will be the deciding factor if Virginia Tech is to win in Chestnut Hill for the first time since 2002. And remember, last year Shinskie was a miserable 1 of 12 with two interceptions when the Hokies demolished the Eagles, 48-14, in Blacksburg.
My Prediction: Virginia Tech 24, Boston College 20
But what do you all think? Will Virginia Tech get its second win in a row and start its ACC schedule on the right note? Or will the Eagles get a little redemption after that blowout a year ago?
| September 24, 2010; 9:06 AM ET
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