Ahead of week 10 of the college football season, Boston College came in ranked No. 22 in the official committee poll for the College Football Playoff. This is BC’s first appearance in the College Football Playoff rankings since the conception of the playoffs. Their No. 22 ranking in the CFP is also their highest out of the AP Poll and Coaches’ Poll, where they are ranked No. 24 and No. 25, respectively.
The Eagles will travel to Blacksburg this weekend as very slight underdogs in a matchup against a struggling Virginia Tech team. The Hokies’ offense has completely stagnated since their stud dual-threat quarterback Josh Jackson fell to an injury in their shock upset loss to Old Dominion. They have lost two of the last three and three of the last five, including a 49-28 loss against a not-so-stellar Georgia Tech team last week. They gave up 465 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground, an area BC and AJ Dillon will look to exploit.
Despite their recent struggles, Virginia Tech should not be taken lightly on the road. Lane Stadium is one of the toughest environments in the country and may be the main reason why Virginia Tech is slightly favored.
BC must also try to not look ahead to their highly anticipated home game against No. 2 Clemson the following week. If BC can grind out an impressive road victory against VT this Saturday, they may be able to jump from No. 22 to the teens in the next College Football Playoff poll in addition to the AP and Coaches’ Polls.
That would set up a massive chance to derail No. 2 Clemson’s playoff chances when the Tigers come to Chestnut Hill on Nov. 10 in a game that would garner national attention and potentially an ESPN College GameDay visit.
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