Blog Entry 120 -- Best in ACC?

Posted on: October 20, 2008 12:25 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2008 12:32 pm

Will the best team in the ACC please step up?

Florida State? Maryland? Georgia Tech?

What about a team nobody thought would be fighting for the conference title this year -- Boston College.

After losing quarterback Matt Ryan to the NFL, along with the departures of running back Andre Callender and L.V. Whitworth, cornerback DeJuan Tribble, safety Jamie Silva and offensive lineman Gosder Cherilus, this was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Eagles.

But the Eagles are sitting at 5-1, ranked No. 23 in this week's 120, and now have their sights set on the ACC Championship.

"They believe now," said Boston College Jeff Jagodzinski after the victory over Virginia Tech. "They believe they can do it. As a team, we can -- if we play that way. It's going to take all 11 guys in the unit to do it. I'm real proud, very proud, of this football team. That was a big win for us and for our program."

Chris Crane has done a nice job stepping in for Ryan to guide the offense, but the real leaders are on defense.

The Eagles are ranked fourth in the nation, allowing only 251 yards per game. They are also ranked fifth against the pass and are giving up just 13 points per game.

Junior linebacker Mark Herzlich leads the team with 54 tackles, including two interceptions. Defensive tackle B.J. Raji leads with four sacks, while safety Paul Anderson has three interceptions. Brian Toal, who has been an important part of the defense with 42 tackles and two sacks, is now out for the season with a broken leg.

Toal's injury definitely will be hard to replace, but the Eagles will move forward.

"Just like when Alex Albright went down and we had to have Austin Giles go in, Tex (Francois) is going to have to go in and take Toal's spot," said Jagodzinski. "That's part of the game. It's unfortunate because he was playing really good football for us."

If it weren't for a breakdown in the fourth quarter against Georgia Tech, the Eagles could be undefeated.  Despite keeping the Yellow Jackets contained for most of the game, RB Jonathan Dwyer broke a 43-yard run in the fourth for a 19-16 victory.

"The problem with this team is, if you miss your assignment on one play, it could go to the house," Herzlich said. "That's what happened."  

Boston College's quest for the ACC title won't be an easy one as the Eagles play at North Carolina this week, followed by road trips to Florida State and Wake Forest later in the year. And if they do make it that far, the Eagles might have to face Georgia Tech or Virginia Tech in the title game again.

The Eagles weren't the only ones to jump into the Top 25 of the 120 poll this week as TCU flew all the way from No. 33 to No. 15 after beating BYU. Minnesota and Northwestern also made the poll, coming in at No. 24 and No. 25.


... Cincinnati, which sits at 5-1 and still is in prime position to win the Big East Conference, is just outside the Top 25 at No. 28.

... Maryland, the Jekyll and Hyde of college football, moved up from No. 46 to No. 30 after beating Wake Forest.

... Arizona had another impressive victory, beating California 42-27 to move up from No. 52 to No. 35.

... The highest-ranked team with a losing record is Wisconsin at 3-4. The Badgers fell to No. 54 after losing to Iowa.


Category: NCAAF

Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2008 10:18 pm 120 -- Best in ACC?

WOW, I am impressed.  3 pages later there are still BC and ND fans energetically involved in a completely irrelevant argument.

Well done.

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2008 8:00 pm 120 -- Best in ACC?

I was at the game and Boston College whipped VT.  According to your logic BC really won 28-9.

#1: VT lost to East Carolina on a blocked punt and their special teams this year have been mediocre at best .
#2: BC dropped a sure touchdown pass early in the 3rd quarter.  This makes up for your "fluke 48 yard completion" to set up a BC touchdown.
#3: See #2.
#4: A perennial power?  What is your definition of a  perennial power? They lost to BC last year at home. Losing to East Carolina, a Conference USA team? Never winning a BCS bowl?
#5: Virginia Tech's offense did not score a touchdown. They were held to 9 points.
#6: Virginia Tech was in the game only because Crane threw 2 ints that were returned for scores.

PS: I have vanity plates that say GO1RISH. Why would you want VT to beat BC? You want Boston College to win.  A Notre Dame win over a good BC team on the road will improve ND's resume. You want your opponents to win, except when you play them.  BC knocked VT out of the rankings. We don't play VT, we play Boston College. If Notre Dame wins their next 3 games, @ WASH, a ranked PITT squad, and hopefully still ranked Boston College in Chestnut Hills,  they will be in the top 25.

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2008 3:18 pm 120 -- Best in ACC?

and dont forget GT fans, BC held you guys to a season low 235 yards, so dont count them out. they held that rushing attack of yours to a season low 160 yards.

Keep winning though, Make our loss look good!

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2008 3:12 pm 120 -- Best in ACC?

BC held GT in check through out that game until Dwyer finally broke free for a big run. the game was good, BC could of won but they didnt. GT played sloppy and won. it all depended on which Chris Crane showed up and unfortunately for us BC fans, the terrible one did. i give GT credit, they did what they had to do to win but any GT fan who thinks they won the game out right needs to stop. Cranes shaky play is the reason why BC couldnt get those tds in the red zone due to his lack of experience. i hope we see you guys again in Tampa but who knows if that will happen, the way the ACC is this year, Duke could win out and win it!!! lol jk

good luck GT, keep winning, you make our only loss look good!!! (so far...knock on wood)

Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2008 3:04 pm 120 -- Best in ACC?

Come on Darst, it took a few TECH breakdowns in the first half for BC to even get on the board. And even then, they couldn't get into the end zone. It was a turnover-riddled game for both teams, but Tech did what it needed to for the victory. All of that with a young offense, running a new scheme, and playing on the road.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2008 2:14 pm 120 -- Best in ACC?

Jeremy, both teams had three turnovers.  It was a last minute busted option play that got GT the 3 point win...and nice TO by Paul Johnson at half to take a FG off the board that BC made, then missed.  Any Tech fans that are under the delusion that you beat up BC in that game need to check themselves into a hospital immediately.  BC had the worst QB play in 30 years at The Heights that game and still almost won.  If BC is fortunate enough to play GT in Tampa, BC will prison rape the bugs.

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2008 12:26 pm 120 -- Best in ACC?

I just hope ND is doing the same thing as you and are and looking past the UW. They are not a good football team this year but a coach playing against a former team should help motivate the kids. The biggest shame is Jake Locker will not get a chance to showcase his abilities nationally. I feel bad for this guy. A Washington native that stayed home and if he were in a good program he would be a Heisman candidate. Go Huskies

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2008 9:55 am 120 -- Best in ACC?

I am a biased UT fan, and I agree we stunk, but we have been in every game except the UF game.  No fumble on the 5 and we beat UCLA.  No fumble in the end zone and we beat Auburn.  One imaginary "helmet to helmet" call in the UGA game, and we are leading going into the fourth quarter.  Go Ole Miss all the way, but the UT of the last couple weeks would proabably beat pretty much any other 3-4 team.  Just my opinion, but it's more fun if you have someone to banter with.

Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2008 9:22 am

Yeah what's up with that?

Why would Western move up after losing and stay in fron of the team they just lost to?

Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2008 9:01 am 120 -- Best in ACC?

Haha ok, so not all ND fans come into these posts full of bias they cannot control.

I'm going through and reading this thread, and other than the fact that BC plays ND in three weeks, Notre Dame's name doesn't really belong in this conversation. 

The fact of the matter is, like it or not, Boston College will not win the ACC.

In fact, I will go as far as saying they will lose 3-4 of their remaining 6 games. (@North Carolina, Clemson, Notre Dame, @Florida State, @Wake Forest, Maryland).  Chris Crane just turns the ball over too much to win these games against tough teams. 

Now, I'll already answer your question before you come back with it.  "WeWillRise1 you're an idiot, BC just beat VT!"

VT is not that good, their offense is sluggish, almost as sluggish at Boston College's and they also played a very sloppy game.

Unless Crane starts taking care of the ball, 6-6 or 7-5 is a real possibility.

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