Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
Blog Entry

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.

 

Category: NCAAF
Comments

Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2008 6:53 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Best in ACC?

heres the problem you face a mad NC team that is smarting from a upset loss then travel to FSU who looks ok on offense but really good on D then a Wake Forrest team that is not too bad might want to hedge your bets on this one ACC is not in really great shape as a conference right now need some quailty wins outside conference to get the repsect back may have to do thst in the bowls this yr



Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2008 5:20 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -?

I was just curious how Tennessee would pass uo Ole Miss because they beat Mississippi State going from 65 to 55 with a 3 and 4 record?

I am very biased but I think Ole MIss is the best 3 and 4 team in the country bar none! They have taken every game they lost to the wire and have been in every game! Now I am not saying I am proud of 3 and 4 by any means, but Tennessee should not garner any more respect because they beat a crappy team!

Arkansas dropped 3 spots after losing to a subpar Kentucky team 21 to 20!

Ole Miss drops 8 spots after losing to #2 Bama on the road 24 to 20. Where is the reasoning?????

This probably sound ridiculous being that we are talking about teams in the 50's, but conference bragging comes into play! UTstinks!




Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2008 3:15 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Best in ACC?

Western Michigan had the most impressive 10-point loss in history apparently, moving up from 54 to 51 after losing to Central Michigan, which dropped from 56 to 62.  I guess beating your biggest rival with a backup quarterback doesn't mean anything.  I hope Central wins the rest of its games and drops into the 90s.

That was a mistake and has now been fixed. Sorry for the confusion.




Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2008 3:08 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- Best in ACC?

Western Michigan had the most impressive 10-point loss in history apparently, moving up from 54 to 51 after losing to Central Michigan, which dropped from 56 to 62.  I guess beating your biggest rival with a backup quarterback doesn't mean anything.  I hope Central wins the rest of its games and drops into the 90s.


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com