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Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Boston College Eagles Preview and Prediction


In a weekend filled with crazy games, one of the wildest took place at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va. Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Brewer returned to his starting role and threw for 270 yards with three touchdowns and Travon McMillian ran for 142 yards and two scores.

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But Duke’s quarterback Thomas Sirk threw for 270 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 109 yards. When Sirk ran over Luther Maddy on the goal line for a successful two-point conversion, Duke survived 45-43 in four overtimes.

For Boston College, a nightmare season of injuries continued for head coach Steve Addazio's team in their 17-14 loss to Louisville. Quarterback Jeff Smith is questionable for the game against the Hokies after suffering a concussion last Saturday and cornerback Kamrin Moore injured his leg and is lost for the season.

Both the Hokies and the Eagles are 3-5 and each team needs a win in their quest for bowl eligibility.

Virginia Tech at Boston College

Kickoff: 12:30 p.m. ET (Saturday)

TV Channel: ACC Network/ESPN3

Spread: Virginia Tech  -2.5

Three Things to Watch

1. Virginia Tech Offensive Line vs. BC Defensive Front

In terms of run blocking, Virginia Tech’s offensive line play has improved over the past couple of weeks. The 160 yards rushing that they had against Miami two weeks ago doesn’t look as good after seeing what Clemson did to the Hurricanes this past Saturday.  But gaining 182 yards on the ground against a pretty stingy Duke defense is impressive, even if it took four overtimes to achieve. But on the whole, the line has not played well this year and Brewer was constantly harassed by the Duke defense. This week, the Hokies face the nation’s No. 1 rush defense. Good luck. Boston College is also No. 5 in sacks and Virginia Tech is No. 109 in sacks allowed. The Hokies will have a hard time controlling Harold Landry, Matt Milano, Steven Daniels, and the rest of the BC front seven.