This is where things get interesting. With the wins the past two weeks and Shinskie’s promising start, expectations have been raised. Winning ACC games at home is a mark of a good team. Winning at Lane stadium is the sign of a special team. If we come out of this weekend with a ‘w’ the landscape of the season starts to look very different.
Narrative talking point that you’ll tire of by the end of the game.
“Frank Spaziani has faced Virginia Tech ‘XX’ times…” I’ve seen this tidbit floating through a few different articles. No one has a consistent count other than to say Spaz has faced VT a lot. That fine and I love a good factoid as much as the next guy, but my fear is the Raycom guys will hit us over the head with it. Spaz’s takeaways from say the 1987 Virginia Tech-Virginia game probably won’t influence the outcome of Saturday’s contest.
Three Simple Keys
1. Shutdown the run. Virginia Tech has a dangerous and explosive backfield. We need to stop them from breaking big plays. The added benefit of stopping the run is that it also forces Taylor to win the game with his arm.
2. Max protect. We’ve seen their Miami tape and they’ve seen the Clemson tape. Does anyone doubt that Bud Foster is going to bring pressure early and often on Shinskie? Fortunately our line is playing better and the TEs are blocking well.
3. Score first. This might seem silly and subjective but I think it will be important for BC to put points on the board early. It will subdue the crowd and give them confidence. With the rain and the noise it is going to reminiscent of Clemson. A quick score would help change the mood and keep the guys in the game.
-- Virginia Tech is 17-4 at home in ACC play
-- Since their last home ACC loss (to BC in 2007) Virginia Tech is 7-0 at home during ACC play
-- BC is 3-4 all time in Blacksburg
The current line is BC+13.5
Although we’ve been in two conferences with VT and played them four times in the past two seasons, we have actually played more games all time against Clemson.
I’ll keep my eye on NC State and Duke. The Pack is just around the corner and I still don’t have a feel for how good they are. I think they have the best QB in the conference, but struggling with Pitt and losing to Wake changed my view on the team a bit.
I hope to see…
Aggressive play. This is a bit of a broken record, but we cannot sit on a lead too early...especially in Blacksburg. If Virginia Tech puts eight in the box, we need to challenge them in the passing game. Playing field position and ball control is a losing recipe.
BC is in trouble if…
Taylor puts up numbers like Skinner and Ponder. It is a given that we will probably not put pressure on him. He’s elusive and our pass rush is anemic. However, I think a variety of zone looks can force him to make mistakes. If Taylor has improved his accuracy and can connect, we might be in trouble.
I think it will be a tough game, but this is winnable. The key will be our offense. If we can put up some points and not get rattled, we can win this game. I think Shinskie will step up and continue his quick progression. I think our defense settles down after the past two weeks and I think we hold on again in a close one.
Final Score: BC 24, Virginia Tech 20