Saturday, October 18, 2008

Hokie Matchup: vs. Boston College

The Virginia Tech Hokies head to Chesnut Hill, Mass., today to face off against the Boston College Golden Eagles.

The Eagles are looking good at home lately, but the Hokies have won 17 of their last 18 road games — their most recent loss on the road (regular season) was at BC in 2006.

Tyrod Taylor, the sophomore at VT, is a great quarterback, but his passing game leaves a lot to be desired. Senior QB Crane up at BC is not great, but he excelled both passing and running last week against the NC State Wolfpack.

The Hokies have had a week off, so this game all depends on one question: Did they utilize it properly? Even as young as they are, VT football this year really comes down to coaching. Is the playcalling smart, and did the coaches fix the problems the players have had so far this season with the extra time they had?

This is a tough game to call. No one in the ACC seems to have an advantage. VT and Wake Forest have a slight edge over everyone else, but nothing is guaranteed. If Taylor wakes up the offense and unleashes an aerial assault while the special teams block a kick or two and the defensive performs at least as well as usual, VT will win out. If even one of these three things does not happen, the game will be very close, and BC might even take home (or keep home) the W — Hokie fans just hope the last 11 seconds of this matchup involve Tyrod Taylor taking a knee.