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Champs Sports Bowl Game Of The Week: Virginia Tech at Boston College

The Champs Sports Bowl Game Of The Week is a preview of a pivotal matchup featuring teams from the Big East and/or ACC that could impact the bowl picture.

Week Four: 
Virginia Tech (1-2) at Boston College (2-0)

 

Saturday, Sept. 25 �- Noon
Alumni Stadium– Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Virginia Tech leads series 12-6
Last Meeting: Oct. 10, 2009 (Virginia Tech 48, Boston College 14)

Virginia Tech Outlook

The Hokies entered 2010 ranked among the Top 25 in the preseason polls and were considered one of the darkhorses for the BCS National Championship. But after a week one loss to Boise State and a 21-16 upset by James Madison, it has dropped from the polls.

Virginia Tech bounced back for a crucial 49-27 win over East Carolina. After trailing 27-21 in the third, running back David Wilson found the end zone in the closing minutes of the quarter giving the Hokies their first lead of the game. Wilson finished the game with 89 yards and two scores. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor has already thrown for 509 yards this season with five touchdowns and only one interception. Taylor leads ACC quarterbacks with his 167.1 passing efficiency. 

Boston College Outlook

The Eagles have won their first two home games against Weber State and Kent State by a combined score of 64-33. Running back Montel Harris is currently the ACC leading rusher with an average of 97.5 yards per game � 195 yards in two games.

Quarterback David Shinskie had a tough first half against Kent State, only leading the Eagles to score six points before being taken out in the second quarter. He re-entered the game at the start of the second half and threw two touchdowns. He finished the day with 214 yards. The Boston College defense forced five turnovers � three fumbles and two interceptions � and kept Kent State to a total of only four rushing yards for the game.

Impact on Bowl Picture

The teams have met in high-stakes games dating back when both were in the Big East. Boston College had won the last three regular season meetings until Virginia Tech�s win in 2009. Conference wins dictate the ACC bowl selection order, so every game could prove critical for positioning. The Hokies have an easy conference schedule as they avoid Florida State and Clemson but face Miami on the road. The Eagles avoid Miami but play Clemson at home and travel to Tallahassee to play the Seminoles.

Extra Point

Virginia Tech faced ex-Boston College quarterback Dominique Davis last week when it played ECU. The rivalry between Boston College and Virginia Tech began in 1993 when both teams played in the Big East. It continued when the Hokies and the Eagles elected to move to the ACC and would become cross-divisional rivals that would play every year. Boston College defeated Virginia Tech in the 2007 and 2008 regular season but would lose to the Hokies in the ACC Championship game both years. Virginia Tech is currently on a two-game winning streak against Boston College.

Expert Predictions

Andrea Adelson

Andrea Adelson
ESPN.com CFB Blogger

PICK:  Virginia Tech
RECORD: 3-1 (2-1 CSB)

Bram Weinstein

Bram Weinstein
ESPN Anchor

PICK:  Virginia Tech
RECORD: 4-0 (3-0 CSB)

Jay Gruden

Jay Gruden
Florida Tuskers Coach

PICK:  Virginia Tech
RECORD: 4-0 (3-0 CSB)

Chuck Beverly

Chuck Beverly
FCSports Chairman

PICK:  Virginia Tech
RECORD: 4-0 (3-0 CSB)

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