The Boston College football team is about to enter the final 1/3 of the season looking for one more win to clinch bowl eligibility for the second straight season. It certainly won't be easy, of course, with games against Virginia Tech, Louisville, Florida State and Syracuse. Then again, nothing ever really comes easy for the Eagles.
While BC needs just one victory to clinch bowl eligibility, potential victories in each of the remaining four games would be significant / exciting in their own ways.
Boston College's first chance at bowl eligibility comes against a reeling Virginia Tech programs. Beamer's Hokies sit at just 4-4 on the year (1-3 in conference play) with their previous stranglehold on the Coastal Division all but over at this point. The Hokies have been a perpetual thorn-in-side of the Eagles football program for years, having rattled off five straight victories from 2008-2012 as well as the 2007 and 2008 title games. Addazio and the Eagles broke through last season, after the ACC switched up the conference schedule, sending the Hokies to the Heights in consecutive seasons. But without a little Matt Ryan magic, Lane Stadium has been a bit of a house of horrors for the Eagles over the year. Can BC successfully kick the Hokies while they're down? History says they might do just that.
The following week, the Eagles host ACC newcomers Louisville on a Saturday night home game under the lights of Alumni Stadium. A potential statement game for the Eagles in a matchup of two of the better, NOT Florida State, NOT Clemson Atlantic Division teams this season.
Then, the Eagles get an extra week to prepare for Florida State. The Eagles could potentially face the #1 team in the nation and the College Football Playoff's top seed down in Tallahassee. Reigning national champion with a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback against a team that they played tough in Chestnut Hill a season ago. Might BC catch the 'Noles looking ahead to the following week's showdown against in-state rival Florida?
Finally, there's Syracuse for all the #OrangeEagle points. I realize folks are still warming back up to this rivalry, but payback will be on the Eagles mind after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory last year in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse needs to win three of its final four games of the season to go bowling and it sure would be nice to keep the Orange home for the holidays this season.
So the other day I posed this question on social media:
I think I know the answer to this question but here goes ...— BC Interruption (@bcinterruption) October 27, 2014
Rank these potential Ws in order of most-desired to least-desired: Virginia Tech, Louisville, Florida State, Syracuse— BC Interruption (@bcinterruption) October 27, 2014
I got about 25 super cereal responses. Fifteen people listed Florida State as their most-desired victory, nine chose Syracuse (and one picked Syracuse in all four spots) and one picked Virginia Tech. No first-place votes for Louisville, which makes sense.
If you assigned a point value for each selection (4 points for most desired, 3 for second most, 2 for third most and 1 for least), here's how the vote went down:
Florida State - 75
Syracuse - 66
Virginia Tech - 48
Louisville - 37
So looks like a victory over Virginia Tech this weekend won't get the blood pumping nearly as much as a win over Florida State or Syracuse. That said, if the Eagles want to tick bowl eligibility off their list of things to do this weekend, we'll certainly take it.