The Virginia Tech Hokies will be looking for revenge as they face #2 ranked Boston College tonight in Blacksburg. Starting QB Tyrod Taylor could be out with an ankle injury, and Sean Glennon might get the start for the Hokies. Taylor is the scrambler and Glennon is more of a passer. Although Glennon played very well two weeks ago against Duke, he is very inconsistent and prone to making mistakes. The Hokies have a very good group of receivers but it doesn't matter because Glennon and Taylor are very inaccurate passers.
Playing behind a beleaguered offensive line does not help Glennon either. Boston College has playmakers on defense such as CB DeJuan Tribble who will be a first round draft pick in next year's NFL draft. Along with Tribble, the Eagles have star tackle Ron Brace who clogs the middle and LBs Jolonn Dunbar and Tyronne Pruitt. These players are the reason why the Eagles have the best run defense in the country. RB Brandon Ore will have a tough time getting big yards tonight.
The Eagles have the clear advantage when it comes to the quarterbacks as Matt Ryan could be the best passer in the country and a high draft pick in April. Ryan is a leader and a winner who makes great decisions and throws accurate passes to his WRs, Kevin Challenger and Brandon Robinson. The offensive line is very good and does not allow many sacks but G Ryan Poles is out for the game. His replacement is junior Ty Hall. The running game is headed by Andre Callender and L.V. Whitworth. It will be imperative for the Eagles to get their running game going in order for Ryan to set up his play-action passes.
Tribble may be the best corner in the ACC but Brandon Flowers is not very far behind him. Along with Flowers, the Hokies have good players in LB Xavier Adibi and FS D.J. Parker. LB Vince Hall is a key cog in the linebacking corps but he is out for tonight. The front four is very solid and led by the speedy Chris Ellis and tackle Carlton Powell.
Special teams play could decide this game and the Hokies clearly have the advantage in this catagory. K Jud Dunlevy is solid and has shown very good range while the Eagles' Steve Aponavicius is inconsistent and has missed a few extra points this season. Punt returner Eddie Royal is the one to watch for the Hokies as he might break one for a touchdown tonight.
Although this game is at Blacksburg and the Eagles will be facing a motivated Hokies squad and their hostile fans, the Eagles will pull out the upset and win. They will be led by their star quarterback and their underrated defense. Look for Tribble to get at least one interception tonight. As long as the Eagles limit their turnovers and do not make mistakes on special teams, they will win.
Boston College 23 Virginia Tech 13