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.
... 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.