Preview: Boston College at Virginia Tech

When: 12:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 1, 2014
Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Virginia


Boston College is undefeated away from home this season and the Eagles need to stay that way in order to remain in contention in the ACC’s Atlantic Division. The Eagles play at struggling Virginia Tech on Saturday seeking their fourth road triumph of 2014 after posting a 9-22 record in away contests the previous five seasons. The Hokies have lost four of their past six, scoring only 22 points in back-to-back losses to Pittsburgh and Miami.

Virginia Tech has struggled to slow opposing running backs – allowing six 100-yard performances this season – and the challenge does not get easier Saturday against a Boston College squad ranking second in the ACC with 277 rushing yards per contest. Freshman Jon Hillman rushed for 101 yards in last week’s 23-17 victory at Wake Forest, and quarterback Tyler Murphy ranks third in the conference at 105.4 rushing yards per game. The Hokies are a long way from the team that upended Ohio State in September and need two victories in their final four games to become bowl eligible for the 22nd consecutive season.

TV: 12:30 p.m. ET, ACC Network, ESPN3. LINE: Virginia Tech -3.

ABOUT BOSTON COLLEGE (5-3, 2-2 ACC): Murphy, a transfer from Florida, leads all FBS quarterbacks with 843 rushing yards and has passed for 1,034 yards, but the Eagles’ early-season success can be traced to both sides of the ball. Boston College ranks eighth nationally in total defense (299.8 yards) and 13th in scoring defense (18.8 points). Sophomore Kevin Kavalec earned ACC defensive lineman of the week honors after posting a career-high 10 tackles and two sacks against Wake Forest.

ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH (4-4, 1-3 ACC): Quarterback Michael Brewer remains the starter despite passing for just 80 yards last week, and the Hokies allowed 249 yards rushing to Miami’s Duke Johnson. But head coach Frank Beamer told reporters Monday he is not panicking after the 30-6 loss to the Hurricanes. “Sometimes you get hammered like we did in our last ballgame and you go look at the tape and the tape’s not very good,” Beamer said, “but I didn’t feel that was the case with this football team.”

EXTRA POINTS

1. The Hokies’ six points last week is just the third time in the past decade Virginia Tech has been held to six points or fewer.

2. Boston College has surrendered only 14 points off turnovers this season.

3. Virginia Tech leads the series 15-7, but Boston College ended a five-game losing streak in the series with a 34-27 victory last season.

PREDICTION: Boston College 24, Virginia Tech 20

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Boston College 5-3 W1 26.8 18.8 2-3 3-0 1-0 0-0 2-2
Virginia Tech 4-4 L2 25.6 21.2 2-3 2-1 3-4 0-0 1-3

Last Meeting

Boston College Virginia Tech
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/2/13 VT 27 BC 34 289 196 93 446 55 391

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
BC C. Rettig 78.6 93 1 0
VT L. Thomas 58.5 391 2 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
BC A. Williams 33 166 5.0 2
VT L. Thomas 20 38 1.9 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
BC A. Amidon 3 53 17.7 0
VT J. Stanford 6 171 28.5 0
TDs Player TD
BC A. Williams 2
VT T. Edmunds 2
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
BC T. Murphy 55.8 1034 6 6
VT M. Brewer 61.4 1754 11 11
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
BC T. Murphy 113 843 7.5 8
VT M. Williams 105 433 4.1 3
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
BC J. Bordner 19 263 13.8 3
VT I. Ford 34 447 13.1 5
TDs Player TD
BC J. Hillman 9
VT I. Ford 5

Quickchart Matchup

Boston College Off vs  Virginia Tech Def
411.4 yards
342.2 yards
5.6 yards/rush
4.3 yards/rush
6.7 yards/attempt
6.8 yards/attempt
Virginia Tech Off vs  Boston College Def
377.1 yards
299.8 yards
3.9 yards/rush
3 yards/rush
6.2 yards/attempt
6.7 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
-5.5
-110
43.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
-3.5
-110
41.5
Sportsbook
-110
-3.5
-110
41.5
5Dimes.eu
-110
-3.5
-110
40.5
GTBets.eu
-103
-3.5
-105
41
Top Bet
-110
-3.5
-110
40.5
BetOnline.ag
-103
-3.5
-105
41
BetDSI
-115
-3
-110
40.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
Belmont
-110
-3.5
-110
41.5
BookMaker.eu
-115
-3
-110
40.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-3
-110
41.5
Mirage
-110
-3
OFF
Station
-110
-3
-110
41.5
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Boston College Overall Virginia Tech
5-3-0 W/L 4-4-0
5-3-0 ATS 3-5-0
2-5-1 O/U 2-5-0
26.8 Pts For 25.6
18.8 Pts Against 21.2
Boston College A/H Virginia Tech
3-0 W/L 2-3
2-1-0 ATS 1-4-0
0-3-0 O/U 1-3-0
27.7 Pts For 24.0
12.7 Pts Against 22.2