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No cushy opener for the Eagles this year as they welcome in ACC rival, and perennial power Virginia Tech

Boston College v Virginia Tech
BC starts off the season against Conference foe Virginia Tech
Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images

Game Day Facts

WHO

Boston College Eagles (0-0, 0-0 ACC) vs.
Virginia Tech Hokies (0-0, 0-0 ACC)

WHAT

Boston College faces one their tougher season openers of recent years when they play host to ACC rival Virginia Tech. BC beat Virginia Tech 31-21 in Blacksburg and payback will certainly not be far from the Hokies minds. Both teams will be looking to start off the season strong, which should make for a competitive game.

WHERE

Alumni Stadium
Chestnut Hill, MA

WHEN

Saturday August 31st, 2019
Kickoff is set for 4pm EST

HOW TO WATCH

The game is going to be broadcast on the new ACC Network, a collaboration between the ACC and ESPN. The ACC Network can be found on:

Channel 612 for DirecTV
Channel 402 for Dish Network
Channel 388 for Spectrum
Channel 829 for Verizon Fios (329 in standard definition)

The game will also be available to those subscribed to the ACC Network via the ESPN app.

Furthermore, the ACC Network is available to those with subscriptions to:

Hulu + Live TV
YouTube TV
Playstation Vue (Core)
Sling TV (Orange Sports Extra)

You can also find a TV provider with ACC Network by going on GetACC.com

HOW TO WATCH IF YOU HAVE XFINITY OR SOME OTHER PROVIDER THAT HATES YOU

With a bit of planning, you can guarantee yourself at least four BC ACC Network games for free, assuming you haven’t given cord-cutting a try in the past.

Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, and Playstation Vue all have free trial periods. YouTube and Vue are both 5 day trials, while Hulu gives you a seven day test run. Because of how Boston College’s early season schedule works out, you can get four games out of those trials.

Here’s what to do:

(1) Sign up for a YouTube TV or Playstation Vue free trial today to be able to watch BC vs. Virginia Tech. Make sure you set a reminder to cancel before your 5 days are up so you aren’t charged!

(2) Wait until next Saturday, September 7th to sign up for a trial of Hulu + Live TV. Richmond is Saturday, 9/7, but Kansas the following week is Friday, 9/13. That means with a full week trial to Hulu, you can get access to both games. Again, just make sure to cancel your subscription after BC vs. Kansas so you aren’t charged for your first month!

That’ll get you through all three of BC’s first games, which are all scheduled to be on ACC Network — and by then, there’s a halfway decent chance that Xfinity may have caved and picked up the network. But still...

(3) ...That leaves you with one free trial left with whichever of Playstation Vue/YouTube TV that you didn’t use for BC vs. Virginia Tech. At least one BC game is almost certain to be on the ACC Network later in the season, so you’ll be able to use that trial for that game.

Sling has a different trial structure where it lets you try Sling TV for $15 for a month, which certainly isn’t a bad deal either. It’s another option should you need to use it.

HOW TO LISTEN

The radio broadcast will be on the BC IMG Sports Network, which is 95.7 FM for the locals.

HOW TO FOLLOW ALONG ON TWITTER

For complete coverage, follow @bcinterruption to get every soaring high and heart wrenching low on Twitter.

Follow @bagz2193, @arthurbailin, @niraj_patel7, and @Salzano14 for our own hot takes/unnecessary opinions from the comfort of our homes and the Alumni bleachers. It will be a real labor of love (excuse my Labor Day pun).

BC’S BEST CHANCE TO WIN

It was a down year for one of the ACC’s perennial powers (the Hokies were only 4-4 in conference play) but Virginia Tech is seldom an easy win for anybody. Tech was 11th in the conference when it came to running the football and that fits right into the Eagles’ wheelhouse with their run heavy offense led by AJ Dillon. Going to the ground might be the winning strategy for BC in this game.

On the other side of the ball the Hokies were amongst the top five in the ACC in terms of passing offense and they bring back their starting QB, Ryan Willis. As for BC they will have to replace some of their top secondary players including Lukas Denis and Will Harris. BC has also had to replace a number of their top pass rushers, primarily Zach Allen. Getting in a shootout with Tech is something BC will likely want to avoid.

It may take a game or two for them to get their feet under them but they are being thrown into the fire right away. BC can help out their defense by controlling time of possession with the run, thus keeping the ball away from the Hokies. Furthermore, an effective run game could also open up some play action opportunity for Anthony Brown and the Eagles’ passing game. A slower tempo game would perfectly suit BC’s style of play and give them the best chance to win what should be an evenly competitive game.

Watch Parties

Chicago

Time: 3pm CST
Location: Tobacco Road Tap Room, 2249 N. Lincoln Ave
$30 all you can drink wristband deal for domestic drafts and well drinks
BC Swag giveaways
Contact: Thomas Cuevas