VIRGINIA TECH - BOSTON COLLEGE OPEN THREAD


Box gone ham.

Unfortunately, there's no fancy live blog this week because no one will be around to moderate it. Box, Kevin and I will be at the game, the BCO has #BeerControlFather duties, and Adam is in Chi Town eating at The Wiener's Circle. I didn't want to leave you guys high and dry though. Post your pre-game, in game, and postgame comments and thoughts here. If you don't already have one, you'll need an account to post. The ship is yours, treat her right.

Boston College Preview

Who: #16/T14 Virginia Tech Hokies (6-1, 2-1 ACC) vs Boston College Eagles (1-5, 0-3 ACC)

Time: 3:00 PM

TV Coverage: RSN (Rich Waltz, Keith Jones, Jenn Hildreth)

Venue: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA (66,233 – Grass)

Series History: Virginia Tech leads 13-6

  • Last Meeting (2010): Virginia Tech 19, Boston College 0
  • The Hokies have won the last three meetings between the two, dating back to the 2008 ACC Championship
  • Boston College has scored in just three of the last 14 quarters against the Hokies
  • In 2009, Boston College had 3 yards of offense in the first half in a 48-14 loss

Injury Report

  • WR E.L. Smiling – Out for Season (wrist)
  • OL Mark Shuman – Out (knee/ankle)
  • TE Eric Martin – Out (shoulder)
  • OL David Wang – Out (foot)
  • CB Jayron Hosley – Doubtful (hamstring)

The Opponent: The Hokies return home for Homecoming to face the M*A*S*H unit known as Boston College. The Eagles enter Saturday’s contest at 1-5 and have faced a rash of injuries to critical players, making Virginia Tech’s injury problems seem minute. BC has lost five starters to injury and an additional two players left the team.

High Level Offensive Review of Wake Forest Game

This week, I spent most of my film review focused on the defensive line troubles that plagued the Hokies against Miami, but I did watch one live speed review of most of the offensive series. Using the themes we have discussed in the past, I will give my high level impressions of the Hokie offense this week.

Six Pick: Week Eight

It's week eight and currently there are ten unbeaten teams left. That means hand wringing about what happens when 5 of these teams are unscathed at season's end. Really!?! Get back to me in mid November, until then lets just watch these teams beat each other and wait for the annual "Shock the World Saturday" to redefine expectations. This could be that week because it's another so-so lot of games. Makes me wish I was going to Blacksburg to tailgate and watch BC vs VT. Instead, I'll suffer through the games for you, hoping for upsets so I can troll other fans on Twitter.

Mock Interview: An Eagle Eye on Boston College

Editor's Note: Bumped to the front because this week we're having fun making a lot of stuff up.

Early this week I made the way up to Chestnut Hill to get a glimpse into the hearts and minds of Coach Spaziani along with a player or two. Some of the highlights are below:

Coach Spaz, may I call you Spaz? It just rolls easier off the tongue. Looking down the barrel of a 1-5 start where do you think your team has to go from here? What keys for success have you used to inspire your squad?

1st Quarter Second Guesses: Focus on the Defensive Line (Wake Forest)

After the defensive line debacle versus Miami, I took the opportunity to examine how the depleted Hokie defensive line performed against Wake Forest. With the Hokies schedule including pro-style power I running teams like UNC and UVA, as well as a wishbone Georgia Tech team, developing backup defensive linemen who can not only fill in for injured guys now, but who can also play important snaps late in the season, is crucial for Virginia Tech to win the ACC this year.
1st Quarter:
1st defensive series:
1st and 10- bootleg, defensive line flows, the whip apparently has bootleg responsibilities. Good coverage by Exum.

The Virginia Letters

Sitting at Virginia's football game-week press conference this afternoon, I was surprised to hear Associated Press reporter Hank Kurz ask defensive end Jake Snyder if he'd heard how U.Va. had recently sent letters to football recruits that basically said by the time they read the letter U.Va. will have already beaten Georgia Tech.

Snyder said he hadn't heard about it. I immediately went to Kurz and inquired about where he'd gotten the info about the alleged letters to recruits. He said U.Va. defensive coordinator Jim Reid told him after the Georgia Tech game the Cavaliers had sent out the letters.

Sounds like a pretty reputable source to me, but I'll try to get further confirmation. Either way, that's the kind of sexy line in a love letter to a recruit that makes a prospect take notice, especially if a program can back it up like U.Va. did with Saturday's 24-21 win against No. 12 Georgia Tech.

via: http://weblogs.dailypress.com/sports/college/accblog/2011/10/virginia_shows_confidence_in_r.html

This isn't the first time Virginia has passed along a letter to a recruit, far from it. In fact, snail-mail communication with prospective players is a practice that began under Al Groh, and is continued by disciple Mike London. A The Key Play.com investigation has obtained copies of correspondence through the years.

DATED: OCTOBER 15, 2002 -- RECIPIENT: XAVIER ADIBI

Xavier,

You're going to have to sell yourself a little bit better son. Are you worth that scholarship? I've seen a lot of other players move better than you and they can make all the open field tackles too. How are you going to separate yourself from the pack for me?

I'm still not convinced,

Virginia Head Coach Al Groh

Grillin' With Wolf: Clambake

Boston College is a private school that was established in 1863 in Chestnut Hill, MA. The campus is in a historical district just 6 miles west of downtown Boston. Outside of Doug Flutie and Matt Ryan what more can be said about the Eagles in football? Well, we could make fun of the fact that they pump in music to the stadium to make up for the lack luster fans, or maybe their current 1-5 record. Like most of you I despise Boston College for some strange reason (and most Boston sports for that matter). Though I must say that alumni such as Leonard Nemoy, Joe Mullen, Brian Leetch, and Jack Ryan (even if he is fictional) quells some of my hate.

What can I do to remove that vile taste BC put in my mouth on October 2007? Replace it with a mouth watering clambake.

A traditional clambake is cooked in a pit dug on a beach with hot stones, but we are not able to recreate that in the parking lot. We are also not able to walk along the beach and gather the necessary seaweed and seawater either, so we have to live without that as well. However, I will give you an easy way to make a modified clambake right on your own charcoal grill.

Ingredients

BCS Primer - Week 1 of the BCS Standings

The season's first BCS rankings have been released, and I figure if TheKeyPlay.com has any chance to become a dominant force in the college football blogosphere it's about time for us to start talking about bowl games and who's going to square off in the BCS Championship Game.  Let's face it: it's mid-October, we're halfway through the college football season, and the Hokies are bowl-eligible for their 19th straight year.  We're late to the game!  ESPN.com has had their bowl projections going since ... well, I think they've had them since January.

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