Virginia Tech at Boston College
11:00 AM CT on ACC Network
I haven’t featured a Power Five matchup in this series in quite a while. I usually try to avoid that in favor of G5 games, but sometimes there are some intriguing P5 games that still fly under the radar. Calling this game intriguing might be a stretch, but it should be a close and exciting matchup.
Virginia Tech and Boston College were both expected to be among the worst in the ACC this season. While neither team would qualify as good, they’ve at least been middle of the pack within the league. The Hokies are 4-5 but could still feasibly reach a bowl game, which would be a major step forward for the program. Boston College has somehow won five-straight games and is 6-3 on the year. It’s not particularly unfathomable that they’d achieve that given who those wins have come against, but the Eagles being good enough to still handle business in this stretch is a good sign.
Tech has seen improvements overall since Kyron Drones took over at QB. They’ve gone over 400 yards and scored at least 30 points in three of their last five, winning those games easily. The two games where they didn’t were against FSU and Louisville (your likely ACC title game matchup). BC just keeps finding ways to win behind the legs of QB Thomas Castellanos.
The Hokies almost certainly need this win to become bowl eligible. Boston College is trying win seven regular season games for the first time since 2018 and potentially eight for the first time since 2009. This is an even matchup worth keeping an eye on if Michigan and Penn State becomes uncompetitive.