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Boston College vs. Virginia Tech: Final Thoughts And Predictions

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It's a four game losing streak for the Eagles, can they break through this week?

As this season continues down the rabbit hole of complete chaos, Boston College looks to turn around what might be a lost year. Injuries continue to pile up, young players continue to struggle, and here we are almost in November and things are looking pretty bleak. It's going to be up to Steve Addazio, Don Brown and Todd Fitch to figure something out to pull off some wins, and honestly Virginia Tech at home looks like a perfect place to start. Let's take a look at some of the final thoughts before Saturday's cross division "rivalry".

Big Questions

Will Jeff Smith be cleared to play? Will Troy Flutie start, and how long will Steve Addazio stick with him if he continues to struggle? Who is John Fadule and what can he give to the Eagles? Will the offensive line recover from a brutal game against Louisville? Will Steve Addazio and Justin Frye stick with Harris Williams at guard? How can BC get the ball to Thadd Smith more often? Where did Harrison Jackson and Charlie Callinan disappear to? How long can Steve Addazio stick with Louie Addazio when he is clearly struggling? Can Steven Daniels play on offense too? What will the loss of Kamrin Moore mean to the D? Can the defense continue to dial up big plays to bail out the offense? Sherman Alston, can you please make a big play on special teams to set up decent field position?

Lingering Questions

What is Steve Addazio and Todd Fitch going to do to adapt this offense after last week's clusterbleep? Can Don Brown's defense do enough to win a game on their own? How will the recent struggles of the Eagles effect attendance?

What To Drink During The Game That Turns The Season Around

little hop of horr

Shipyard Brewery - Little Hop Of Horrors. Had to go to go with a horror/Halloween theme here, and as I don't particularly care for Pumpkin beer I went for their newest offering. Shipyard's IPAs for the most part are pretty meh, but this new one is really delicious. It's not overly hoppy, and has a really refreshing taste, something you're going to need as you watch BC slam into the defensive line like a record on repeat. If you need a Halloween beer, don't go with Pumpkinhead (or as I call it Bud Light with Pumpkin Spice in it); go with Little Hop of Horrors. It'll have you going Drink Me Seymour! (theatre nerd joke)

Bonus! BC vs Virginia Tech Drinking Game (WARNING DO NOT DO THIS WITH THE BEER OF THE WEEK OR YOU WILL DIE)

  • Troy Flutie hangs on to the ball too long. DRINK ONE
  • Troy Flutie stands in the pocket for as long as he can and acts like captain of the Titanic and goes down with the ship. DRINK TWO
  • John Fadule enters, and someone around you asks "Who the hell is that guy?" DRINK ONE
  • John Fadule completes his first pass, and that same person says "What the hell was Addazio doing, he should have used Fadule all along!" Sigh heavily to yourself and DRINK TWO
  • Steven Daniels makes a big play. DRINK ONE
  • Steven Daniels kills everything that moves. DRINK TWO
  • Steve Addazio punts from the VT 33. Scream a lot and DRINK ONE
  • Mike Knoll makes a big boy kick. DRINK TWO
  • The BC camera shows a BC co-ed wearing a costume that is completely inappropriate. SPILL BEER ALL OVER YOURSELF

Fireside Chat with Baldwin Jr.

Baldwin Jr.

Baldwin Jr: CAW CAW! BOOOOOOOO IT'S YOUR FAVORITEST BYRD BAWDWIN JUNYOR HERE TO MAKE MY LATESTS PREDILICTIONS AND THOUGHTS WITH MY GUEST OF DA DAY, FRANKY BEAMERED!

Frank Beamer: Hi Baldwin Jr, how are you doing? 

Baldwin Jr. WOWZERS FRANKY! I AM SOOOO EXCITED TO MEETS YOU I EVENS PACKED MYSELF A LUNCHY BOX WITH SARDINES, SESAME SEED PRETZLES AND DOUBLED STUFFED OREOS!

Frank Beamer: Neat. Can we hurry this up, The Price Is Right is on in fifteen minutes, and I need a nap.

Baldwin Jr: OK! LET'S GETS TO THE IMPORTANTEST QUESTIONS! WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DRESS UP FOR HALLOWEDEEN?

Frank Beamer: I'm going to dress as a coach that wishes that he wasn't here with you.

Baldwin Jr: OKAY MR. GRUMPEE PANTS! YOU KNOWS WHAT I AM DRESSING UP AS! BEECEE'S EMERGENCEE QUARTERDBACK! I'M ALL SET TO OPEN UP BEECEE'S PLAYBOOK AND BRING UP TEN NEW PASSING PLAYS WITH THE EEAGLES NEW HIGH FLYING PASS ATTACK! WEEEEEEEEEEE

Frank Beamer: That makes no sense. It's not your team philosophy, why would you do that?

Baldwin Jr: I DONTS HAVE TO MAKE SENSE, I'M BAWDWIN JR! HUCKA CHUCKA FOOTBALL! GET THE TIGHT ENDS AND HALF BACKS IN THE GAME ON THE WHEEL ROUTES! LET'S GO BEECEE. I'M READY TO BEE THE NEXT DOUGEE FLUTIE! WEEEEEE

Frank Beamer: Are you on drugs? Well, I gotta go, lunch special at the Greasy Spoon Diner is calling my name. See you later.

Baldwin Jr: OH MY GAWD! WHAT JUST HAPPENED! AM I DA BEECEE QUARTEREDBACK? LOOK OUT JOHN FANDUEL HERE I COME! I THINKS I CAN TAKE A HITS PRETTY WELL, I JUST BOUNCE RIGHT BACK UP! WELL THANKS TO MY INTERVIEWEE FRANKY BEAMERED. GO EEAGLES! CAW CAW

Gametime Song Of The Week

If you don't like my song choice, here is a YouTube Playlist of Janis Joplin

GT - It's Halloween. A long time ago, in a planet far far away, AJ Black was a rap DJ. Seriously, not a joke. As a DJ, I got tons of records to listen to, and for the most, even as a rap fan, 95% of them were completely unlistenable. Then one October, I got an email from a rapper in LA named GT which said "America has been waiting for the next big Halloween song, and I've got it." Of course that got my attention and I had to give it a listen. The beat sounds like it was created on a Casio keyboard, the lyrics were a mix of awful and atrocious, but there was something there. After laughing my ass off for a solid week listening to it, ironically enough it got into rotation at my friend's Halloween parties, and still to do this day we approach each jokingly text each other on Halloween with lyrics such as "It's Halloween so, get down and eat my candy," and "I wan't the good s***, not the bad s***." The song is awful, but I dare you, give it a listen to it, and tell me that you aren't singing some of the stupid lyrics a week later.

BCI Staff Predictions and GPS

Grant and Joe are the only two picking the Eagles this week.

Jeff: 17-10 BC wins. Watching while tailgating at the Clemson @ NC St game

A.J.: 13-10 BC. I think this is going to be a game the defense finally wins for BC. A defensive touchdown and a few field goals does it for the Eagz. Watching the game in Section B.

Grant: Oh hell, seriously...BC 10 VT 9. Watching bright and early from Phoenix, AZ while on vacation. #BreakfastWithTheEagles

Joe: 4-2 BC. Three safeties Probably missing the game due to work commitments, womp womp.

Dan: 14-10 Virginia Tech. The difference in this game is Michael Brewer, who played last week and should be devoid of whatever rust he played through last week. I'll be in the stands for the first time in what feels like forever. Since it's Halloween, I'll break out the Mr. McGibblets suit for good measure.

Laura B: 10-7 BC. I'll be at Gifford with my cat friends. 80% of what I bring to BCI is cats...

Arthur: 10-0 VT I'll be watching from the student section with my Mets hat on, then I'll go out to dinner with my parents to watch the Mets hopefully seal the World Series. My Dad and I might cry like children if that happens.

Coach: Virginia Tech 17 Boston College 13. If you liked last week's prediction, you'll love this week. BC has gone from a team that can't score or move the ball but can keep possession to...not being able to do any of those. The Eagles are now dead last in the country in yards per play and are dropping like a rock in TOP. Michael Brewer's ability to throw the ball just enough is the difference. Watching from section D...ought to be fun to see how empty that is.

Prediction Game

This was a real tight one outside of Grant/Joe picking BC. Coach only missed on the final score by one point, and opened up a commanding lead, over Dan who jumped into second.

Name LVILLE PRED. Maine Howard FSU NIU Duke WF Clemson Louisville VT NC State Notre Dame Syracuse Total
Coach JF 17-13 Ville 12 10 12 12 8 0 6 14 74
Dan Rubin 20-17 Ville 4 6 6 8 10 0 14 8 56
Jeff Martyn 10-9 Ville 14 13 10 10 0 0 2 6 55
Laura B 17-10 Ville 10 2 0 14 4 0 12 11 53
AJ Black 17-10 Ville 2 4 8 0 12 0 10 11 47
Joe 24-10 BC 6 13 0 5 6 0 4 0 34
Grant 17-6 BC 8 8 0 5 0 0 8 0 29


SuperFan Thermometer

How excited are you about this game? Or has the flame died on the 2015 season? Can Boston College overcome a terrible stretch of football and leave triumphant on Saturday? Or will the Hokies get back in the win column against the Eagles? Leave your thoughts and predictions in the comment section.

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