Fighting Gobbler Predictions: Boston College at Virginia Tech Hokies


Oct 23, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies tight end Bucky Hodges (7) carries the american flag on to the field before the game at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Tech Hokies are 2-4 in their last six games after winning their first two which included the signature victory at the Ohio State Buckeyes. Virginia Tech needs a win badly after suffering another very disappointing loss last week to the Miami Hurricanes.

The Boston College Eagles are going to really push the Virginia Tech Hokies so with all that said, here’s our picks for the showdown between Boston College and Virginia Tech.

Joe Vitulli

The Virginia Tech Hokies are in a bad place entering this weekend’s game against Boston College. They have lost two straight nationally televised games and have looked really bad at times this season.  They turn the ball over with incredible regularity, ranking last in the ACC in turnovers. They have lost three home games for the first time since 1992 and there 21-year bowl streak is in major jeopardy.

But a win over a BC team that trounced them last season would give Virginia Tech a temporary reprieve and calm the waters some.  This is a big game for the Hokies and one they absolutely need to win.  Blood is already in the water and the sharks are circling for the Hokies but this is still a winnable game for the Hokies.

If the Hokies can play disciplined on defense, contain two-way threat Tyler Murphy, and avoid beating themselves on offense by eliminating their chronic propensity for turnovers, the Hokies can walk away with a win.  I foresee a close game throughout and a win for the Hokies, but not before making the Hokie faithful sweat out a potential game winning field goal attempt by Boston College that misses wide right.  Hokies survive 21-20.

Dwight Lester

The Hokies come into Saturday’s game with BC in a horrible state rankings-wise, bowl position-wise, and mental state-wise. The Hokies are a week removed from one of the most disappointing performances at home in the Frank Beamer era. Miami dominated the Hokies and made them look lost on defense and inept on the offensive side of the ball. The Hokies need 2 wins out of the last 4 games to extend an impressive streak of bowl appearances.

This game, I had penciled as a win at the beginning of the season but after the last two games I’m not so sure. Boston College is a team on the rise with a win over a top ranked USC team earlier this year.  The Eagles have a stout defense against the run, which is a problem for the Hokies.

The Hokies offense depends on a rushing attack to get their offense going. Without Marshawn Williams running the ball, the Hokie offense will become dependent on Michael Brewer throwing the ball which is what doesn’t need to happen.

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The BC defense isn’t the only problem. BC offense has a good rushing attack which the Hokies have had a hard time stopping. The Hokie defense also struggles against duel threat quarterbacks. Tyler Murphy is definitely a duel threat quarterback and is huge threat to run the ball.

The defense needs to shape up for the Hokies to have a chance. I look for both teams to struggle and Mark Leal to enter the game and lead us home. the defense does just enough and the Hokies squeeze out a win 17-14.  One more win for a bowl, just keep believing.

Tim Thomas

The Virginia Tech Hokies have been in a big tailslide and Virginia Tech football seems to potentially be nearing rock bottom after being blown out on national teleivision on a Thursday Night at Lane Stadium by Miami. This game was absolutely humiliating and has led to Frank Bemaer becoming a coach on the hot seat which likely won’t change much unless the Hokies win out and even then, Beamer still might be out.

Containing Tyler Murphy will be important in this game and not having Luther Maddy and likely Chase Williams could have a big impact. Because of this, I expect that Bud Foster will use Kendall Fuller some at linebacker and find ways to make a big impact containing Murphy.

The Virginia Tech offense has struggled and Michael Brewer needs to improve his play in this matchup. Confidence is not very high right now in Blacksburg but I think the defenses forces some turnovers which helps with field position. This will be a nail bitter but the Hokies find a way to get enough points and keep the Eagles from scoring touchdowns to win this game. Virginia Tech 20, Boston College 16