Run and Shoot: BCS Battle in Blacksburg

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BCS Battle in Blacksburg

BLACKSBURG, Va – The Hokies play host to the Eagles tonight in a waterlogged Lane Stadium.  The rains have been coming down for the past 24 hours and it doesn’t look like things will dry up any time soon.

Boston College (7-0, 3-0 ACC) comes in ranked no. 2 in the BCS while Virginia Tech (6-1, 3-0 ACC) sits at no. 8.

Traditionally, the Hokies have owned Thursday night games on ESPN, racking up 13 wins in 15 appearances. Boston College accounts for the two losses, including last year’s 3-22 debacle in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Virginia Tech leads the series all-time with nine victories in 13 games.

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer is still tight lipped as to who will start at quarterback.  Freshman Tyrod Taylor took over the starting position from redshirt-junior Sean Glennon in week two, but suffered a high ankle sprain in Tech’s previous game against Duke.  Glennon took the majority of the snaps in practice this week.

The Eagles’ quarterback situation is much more stable with senior Matt Ryan in the thick of the Heisman race.  Ryan completes nearly two-thirds of his passes and has connected for 17 touchdowns so far vs. only six interceptions.

The head-to-head matchup of the night will be Ryan and his passing attack against senior Xavier Adibi and the Hokie defense. Adibi boasts 33 consecutive starts at linebacker and is a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award for nations’ top lineman.  Ryan and the Eagles may have an edge in that battle since the Hokies will be without the services of senior linebacker Vince Hall who broke his wrist during the Clemson game.  Hall led the team and the ACC in tackles last year with 128.

The BC defense allows just 46.4 rushing yards per game, best in the country.  That doesn’t bode well for Hokie running back Branden Ore, who hasn’t gone over 100 yards on the ground yet this season.  However, the last time Tech played a Thursday night game Ore broke for 203 yards in a 24-7 win over Clemson.

The loser of tonight’s game will likely fade out of contention for the National Championship.  Regardless of the outcome, these two have a good shot at seeing each other again in Jacksonville for the ACC Championship.

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