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CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com 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.

Notes

... 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.

 

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Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2008 8:58 am
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Best in ACC?

I am fairly confident in my assessment that Observer College's post was 100% sarcastic.

A lot of teams would win a lot more games if they could eliminate 3-4 "fluke" plays a game.  In fact, my Seminoles have only lost one game over each of the past two seasons (no joke; Wake Forest in 2006 and Florida in 2007) if they could have taken back 3 or 4 "bad" plays in each game.  The fact of the matter is that they didn't make those plays when they needed to, so they lost 12 games instead of 2.  THAT'S FOOTBALL.

He was simply pointing out that people should give respect where it's due instead of making excuses.  BC outplayed Virginia Tech last Saturday, so they won.




Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2008 8:44 am
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Best in ACC?

im still waiting for the ND fan to explain more into his 30-14 score because im trying to do the math and all i see is a VT team that scored only 6 points on offense! 17 points off turnovers from the defense, and while we are at it, hey why dont we call that a fluke. take away BC's punt return for a td because you know, that never happens in CFB and what do we have, a score of 21-6!

Eat a D*ck ND fans, november 8th cant come any sooner...



Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2008 11:44 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Best in ACC?

Thanks... Think its too late to get my campaign off the ground?

In the essence of noting for the record that this web site, for which we are so gracious to a former Prez candidate for even creating such a venue for communication, is not ( for you ND fans, this is similar to a triple negative analogy ) a political forum for personal vendettas.

That being said, when such an esteemed poster emeritus asks a question, it is in the proper protocol to reply with an answer.

Hmmmmmmm.   Let's see.  One side portrays a mental picture of pigs with lipstick.  The other side portrays his forseeable boss with a tragedy seen in the same light as former Prez Kennedy.  

God help us if # 2 has to not only lead the horse to water, but get it to drink..............................

.......

You might want to stay at home.  Might be time to teach the kids how to reload and clean-em.   Seems as how our forefathers felt the same way........................

Me thinks I like being the armchair qb.




Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2008 11:13 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Best in ACC?

You got my vote in the upcoming elections.......Thanks... Think its too late to get my campaign off the ground?



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2008 11:02 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Best in ACC?

This is a shameful post, but typical for a small number of thoughtless Notre Dame fans. It's embarrassing. Grow up, suppress your bias, and comport yourself with at least some level of class. There is a reason that a mostly great fan base like Notre Dame gets painted in a poor light, and it is largely due to crass, arrogant, blinders-on baffoons like yourself. BC has compiled a worthy record, and is properly located at the bottom of the top 25. Nobody is claiming this team should be ranked higher, and nobody compares it to Texas or other dominant teams. I predict a Boston College win in the Notre Dame game, although I have the sense to suggest it will be a close fight between two similarly skilled teams.




Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2008 11:02 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Best in ACC?

You're new to these boards, so I'll cut you a break.  But in the future, leave your bias at the door and be objective. You got my vote in the upcoming elections.......



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2008 10:43 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Best in ACC?

So how did 30-14 VT turn into 28-23 BC?  A few factors.  One, BC had a punt return for a TD.  Since that happened against Beamerball, by definition it was a fluke.  Two, BC had a 48-yard completion on a broken play near the end of the half to set up a TD.  That's a fluke; you can't expect Boston College to do something like that.  Three, VT had a couple of drops.  Complete one of those passes and VT gets a TD.  Four, the officials forgot that VT is the perennial power and the #17 team in the country; .

So you claim to be a Notre Dame fan, yet joined sportsline just to make this post?

A punt return is not a fluke, it is part of the game of football, regardless of who it happens against.  East Carolina beat VT by doing what VT is famous for, blocking a kick - is that a fluke too?

How is a 48-yard completion a fluke just because it was a broken play?  Did you not see the Manning-Tyree play in the Super Bowl?  Offense in football is all about timing, but that doesn't make a broken play a fluke.

VT had couple of drops?  Yeah, that happens in almost every game.  That isn't about BC getting lucky or anything, the VT guys just didn't make the play.  If drops are flukes to you, I'd be willing to bet that you think when Notre Dame turns the ball over, it's their mistake, yet when they opponent turns it over, Notre Dame forced it.

You're new to these boards, so I'll cut you a break.  But in the future, leave your bias at the door and be objective.  This game was about two teams that aren't great, but above-average, one of them lost, one of them won - and we probably won't hear much about either of them the rest of the season.




Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2008 10:06 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Best in ACC?

As a Notre Dame fan, I watched the VT-BC game as BC is a future opponent.  Anyone who watched realizes VT really won that game 30-14.  Indeed, if you matched up the preseason writeups for VT and BC, that's about the result you'd expect.

So how did 30-14 VT turn into 28-23 BC?  A few factors.  One, BC had a punt return for a TD.  Since that happened against Beamerball, by definition it was a fluke.  Two, BC had a 48-yard completion on a broken play near the end of the half to set up a TD.  That's a fluke; you can't expect Boston College to do something like that.  Three, VT had a couple of drops.  Complete one of those passes and VT gets a TD.  Four, the officials forgot that VT is the perennial power and the #17 team in the country; .

I feel terrible for Kirk and the other pundits who looked at this matchup and said, "What is BC doing on the field with VT After (Matt) Ryan?"  Kirk and the others really were vindicated everywhere but the scoreboard.  I fully expect ND to make it up to all of them in November, as it's a sacrilege to see this unheralded team, a team unranked in the preseason, holding hostage the #23 spot in the rankings.



Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2008 8:39 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Best in ACC?

jeremoney, I did and BC lost because of Crane not ready to face a good team like GT. BC had the game due to their Defense.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2008 7:53 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Best in ACC?

It's Jonathan Dwyer, not Walker.  And Tech manhandled BC's interior defensive line.  The only reason it was close was the 3 turnovers by Tech.  Did you even watch the game?


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