Earlier this season, the Boston College football team went into Louisville and was routed by the Cardinals, 56-28. That should sound familiar to Virginia Tech fans after the Hokies were beaten 34-3 by the same team last Saturday.
That loss back in September dropped Jeff Hafley’s Eagles to 1-3. Following an overtime loss in the season opener at home to Northern Illinois and surviving FCS Holy Cross by three points at home, it felt like their season would spiral out of control. Instead, Hafley and his team stuck together and turned their season around.
Boston College enters Saturday’s game at Alumni Stadium at 6-3, bowl-eligible and on a five-game winning streak since returning from Kentucky nearly two months ago. What happened since Louisville ran them off the field?
“Well, I think you guys have asked a bunch of the players and the same thing that I keep hearing is the consistency. Whether it’s from me, whether it’s the staff…and then I think it’s the belief. I think it’s the belief I had in them, the belief they had in me and it’s the belief they had in each other,” said Hafley.
Some of that should sound familiar to Hokies’ fans, consistency and belief in each other is going to be key for Brent Pry’s team over the final three weeks.
Virginia Tech needs to follow BC’s path in the final three games
If there is one thing that Virginia Tech has been lacking this season, it’s consistency, especially on the road. They are a better football team that is 0-4 away from Lane Stadium. Yes, they have not played the iron of the conference in their games at home and their two ACC road losses this season are against the top teams, Florida State and Louisville. A lot of teams are going to struggle in those venues.
Instead of letting the season spiral downward, Boston College used their loss to Louisville and turned it into a positive and rallied around each other and played consistent football. Their reward? They’re already bowl-eligible, and they have found a way to win a lot of close games. Virginia Tech needs to do what the Eagles did, use the loss to the Cardinals to believe in each other and play consistent football because the schedule is in their favor and getting two wins to become bowl-eligible is doable, something not many people thought after they started 1-3.
Boston College might very well be popping up on the schedule for the Hokies’ at the right time.