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Virginia Tech (6-2) at Boston College (3-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 2, 12 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Alumni Stadium (44,500) -- Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Television: ABC/ESPN/ESPN 2. Home Record: VT 3-1, BC 3-1. Away Record: VT 2-0, BC 0-3. Neutral Record: VT 0-1, BC 0-0. Conference Record: VT 3-1, BC 1-3. Series Record: Virginia Tech leads, 15-6.
GAME NOTES: After a loss last weekend effectively knocked them from the national rankings, the Virginia Tech Hokies will try to get back on track on Saturday afternoon when they visit the Boston College Eagles in an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown at Alumni Stadium.
After losing to No. 1 Alabama on opening day, Virginia Tech caught fire with six straight victories, which allowed it to climb all the way to No. 16 in the AP poll. The Hokies took a tumble last week at home, however, as they were handed their first conference loss of the season in a 13-10 setback to Duke to slip a half-game behind Miami-Florida for first place in the ACC's Coastal Division.
Boston College is fresh off a two-game road swing where it had no success in falling to both Clemson (24-14) and North Carolina (34-10), dropping to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the ACC. The good news for the Eagles is that they have played well at home this season, with their only loss in four tries coming against No. 3 Florida State.
The Hokies hold a 15-6 advantage in the all-time series with Boston College, which includes five straight wins. Virginia Tech won in Chestnut Hill last season, 30-23, in overtime.
Virginia Tech has had success this season despite a lackluster offensive attack which ranks 13th in the ACC in yardage (335.8 ppg) and last in scoring (21.5 ppg). The unit had one of its worst outings of the year in the recent loss to Duke, thanks in large part to four turnovers.
Logan Thomas has struggled under center pretty much all season, completing just 55.2 percent of his passes for 1,665 yards with nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions, and he reached new lows in throwing four picks against the Blue Devils. Thomas has helped out with his rushing ability, picking up 258 yards on the ground with four touchdowns.
Trey Edmunds is the workhorse out of the backfield for the Hokies, earning 88 more carries than any other tailback while piling up 437 yards and four touchdowns.
Demitri Knowles (33 receptions, 415 yards, two TDs) and Willie Byrn (29 receptions, 375 yards, TD) make up a formidable duo out wide. Thomas relies on D.J. Coles in the red zone, with five of his 14 catches resulting in touchdowns.
The Hokies have approached elite levels this season largely on the back of their outstanding defense, which ranks third in the nation in allowing just 248.8 ypg, as well as fifth in yielding a mere 14.8 ppg.
The team's 17 interceptions is the most in the nation, and the ball-hawking unit is paced by Kendall Fuller (five INTs) and Brandon Facyson (four INTs). Jack Tyler has a team-high 63 tackles to go with 7.0 TFL and 3.0 sacks, while Luther Maddy, Derrick Hopkins, J.R. Collins, James Gayle and Dadi Nicholas all have at least 6.0 TFL and 3.0 sacks apiece. The defense could be shorthanded for this matchup however, as Collins and Facyson are both listed as questionable.
Boston College has had a better offensive season than Virginia Tech, but not by much, as it posts just 23.0 ppg and 339.7 ypg. It was stifled in last week's loss to UNC though, gaining only 261 total yards.
Chase Rettig has had a solid season under center, completing 62 percent of his passes for 1,140 yards with 10 touchdowns against only four interceptions.
Rettig is locked in on Alex Amidon and for good reason. The wide receiver ranks fourth in the ACC in catches (46) and eighth in yards (585), while scoring three touchdowns. No other BC player has more than eight receptions.
The squad leans heavily on Andre Williams in the backfield, who's 183 carries are second-most in the nation next to Washington's Bishop Sankey. The high volume has yielded incredible results, as Williams has the sixth-most rushing yards in the country (1,010) and has plunged into the end zone eight times.
Defensively, Boston College has one of the worst units in the ACC, allowing the 10th-most points (27.4 ppg) and ranking 13th in total defense (417.1 ypg).
Kevin Pierre-Louis leads the way with 65 tackles while adding 5.5 TFL and 2.0 sacks as well. Kasim Edebali has shined along the defensive line with 8.0 TFL, 5.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, Manuel Asprilla has 7.0 TFL and an interception, and Bryce Jones has accounted for four takeaways with two picks and two fumble recoveries.
For the most part, Boston College has defended its home turf this season, but Virginia Tech has performed well on the road (2-0). The Hokies will carry some extra motivation into this contest following a disappointing loss, and will use a dominating defensive effort to lead them to victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Virginia Tech 20, Boston College 13
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