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The ACC's title game will be played in Jacksonville, matching Virginia Tech and Boston College



2007-11-30

The ACC's title game will be played in Jacksonville, matching Virginia Tech and Boston College. The favored team has lost this game outright in each of the previous two games. This will be the second meeting of ‘07 between the ACC's newest members with B.C. having won the first one in dramatic fashion, scoring all 14 of its points in the final two minutes to win by four.

Tech is a much more defined and confident team since then however, having won SU & ATS in its L4 by an average of 21.3 PPG. The Hokies are 19-6 ATS in their L25 ACC games and 23-10 ATS in revenge. B.C. is on a 6-0 SU & ATS run as an underdog.

Sometimes looking to get what you are asking for can be as much of a curse as it is blessing. Virginia Tech off impressive dismantling of in-state rival Virginia appears to be peaking at the right time. Like LSU, the Hokies are not the same team they were back in September. In fact Virginia Tech is not even the same team that lost to Boston College five weeks ago. Frank Beamer's team definitely feels they have a sense of payback against Boston College after dominating them defensively for 58 minutes, as a tired Hokies defense and gut-check effort from quarterback Matt Ryan allowed the Eagles to escape Blacksburg a winner.

Boston College arrives in Jacksonville more confusing then why Beyonce is doing Direct TV commercials. (Besides the money that is) BC coach Jeff Jagodzinski was pleased to end 15-game losing streak to Miami-Fl. and will need a few wrinkles against Virginia Tech. The Boston College running game has disappeared faster then the last of the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving Day. The Eagles have not had a 100-yard rushing game since the middle of October at Notre Dame, which was no significant feat. The Eagles run a pro-style passing game from different angles, which make them difficult to contain. The team's leading receiver is running back Andre Callender, whom they have found a variety of uses.

Frank Beamer is having a Mack Brown-like time, just like the Texas coach did in championship season. The normally conservative Beamer is alternating two quarterbacks out of desire, not necessity and has found a niche for each. The QB Sean Glennon is back to playing with full confidence, delivering strikes and even running a little option. Freshman Tyrod Taylor is a natural in running offense, being so elusive, yet has found passing touch, which really opens up playbook to the back pages. The same offensive line group has started for three games straight and it's no coincidence the RB Brandon Ore had first 100-yard game last time out.


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