Virginia Tech (4-6) at Boston College (2-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 17, 12:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alumni Stadium (44,500) -- Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts Television: ACC Network. Home Record: VT 4-1, BC 2-3. Away Record: VT 0-4, BC 0-5. Neutral Record: VT 0-1, BC 0-0. Conference Record: VT 2-4, BC 1-5. Series Record: Virginia Tech leads, 14-6.
GAME NOTES: The Virginia Tech Hokies try to end their three-game losing streak when they visit Alumni Stadium for Atlantic Coast Conference action with the Boston College Eagles.
Virginia Tech dropped a 28-22 decision to Florida State its last time out for its third loss in a row and its fifth setback in six games. The Hokies have also lost their last seven games outside of Blacksburg dating back to last season's ACC Championship in Charlotte. The Hokies have made a bowl game appearance in each of the last 19 seasons, but will need wins against Boston College and Virginia to keep its bowl eligibility dreams alive.
Boston College will be looking to snap its own two-game losing steak which was extended with a 21-6 loss to the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish last Saturday. The loss was the seventh in eight games for the Eagles, who sit by themselves at the bottom of the ACC standings with a 1-5 mark in league action. Coach Frank Spaziani began his tenure at Boston College with an 8-5 overall record in 2009. His team's win totals have digressed every season since. BC can tie its 2011 finish of 4-8 by winning out.
This will be the 21st meeting in history between these former Big East and current ACC foes. Virginia Tech has reeled off four straight wins in the series to gain a 14-6 lead. The Hokies earned a 30-14 victory when these schools met in Blacksburg in 2011.
The Hokies have certainly shown some offensive firepower this season, averaging just under 400 yards per game (399.8). The Hokies outgained Florida State in total yards of offense 385-311, but turnovers once again served as their Achilles' heel.
Quarterback Logan Thomas has really had trouble hanging on to the ball this year. The once heralded junior quarterback has just over a season left to prove the hype surrounding him was warranted. Thomas has completed just 53.6 percent of his passes, for 2,407 yards. He has thrown 14 TDs passes, but has been guilty the same number of interceptions.
Marcus Davis (38 receptions, 754 yards, four TDs) and Corey Fuller (36 receptions, 671 yards, five TDs) are a decent tandem in the receiving corps. However, Beamer has abandoned the rushing game since All-American David Wilson's departure.
The Hokies built a reputation as a pummeling defensive squad over the past two decades, but that has not been the case for the most part in 2012. Virginia Tech has been mediocre by its own standards on defense with allowed averages of 25 ppg on 362.2 yards of total offense.
Linebacker Jack Tyler leads the team and ranks third in the ACC in total tackles with 93. He has also tallied a team-best 11 TFLs. Safety Kyshoen Jarrett is a distant second in stops (67). Defensive end James Gayle (33 tackles, 9.5 TFLs, 5.0 sacks) was expected to be a big-time player off the line, but he has failed to produce superstar like numbers this season.
The Eagles have struggled on offense throughout the season and are 118th in rushing offense (72.5 ypg). They have been able to move the chains with the aerial attack as they rank 32nd in the FBS in passing offense (285.5 ypg). Junior signal caller Chase Rettig is having a solid season, despite Boston College's lack of overall success.
Rettig has thrown for 2,803 yard and 16 touchdowns through 10 games. He is also guilty of nine interceptions, but part of that can be attributed to the weak offensive line which allows 2.6 sacks per game. Rettig is 197 yards away from becoming just the fourth player in school history to reach 3,000 passing yards in a single season.
Rettig will continue to locate his top wide receiver, Alex Amidon, who has reeled in 73 passes for 1,157 yards and six touchdowns this season.
The already weak rushing attack took a hit when starting tailback Andre Williams suffered an abdominal injury. With Williams on the sidelines versus Notre Dame, Rolandan Finch led the team with just 40 yards on seven carries.
BC is even worse defensively with allowed averages of 470 yards and 29.9 points per game. The Eagles have been outscored 50-37 in points off of turnovers as it clearly misses Butkus Award winner Luke Kuechly's playmaking ability this year.
Nick Clancy has done his best to pick up where Kuechly left off, as he has registered an ACC-best 107 total tackles. Sean Sylvia (82) and Steele Divitto (81) are both ranked in the top 10 in the conference as well.
The Hokies have lost some games they should have won this season due to turnovers. They should fare better this week against a defense that has shown a lack of game-changing playmakers. Rettig will need to get the ball out of his hands quickly to neutralize what will be a heavy Virginia Tech pass rush.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Virginia Tech 28, Boston College 21
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