The ACC predictions are rolling in and Boston College is looking more and more like a chic upset pick this week. In fact, three out of four ESPN experts are backing the Eagles:
Shanker: The Eagles run the ball very well and don't ask quarterback Tyler Murphy to do too much through the air. So that sounds like the same formula Miami used to beat Virginia Tech last week. Duke Johnson ran all over the Hokies, and Murphy and BC's stable of backs are capable of running for close to 300 yards combined. Defensively, the BC defense is stout, and it is hard to imagine the Virginia Tech offense finding much success. Boston College 17, Virginia Tech 14
Adelson: The Hokies played their worst game of the season last week against Miami and now have to face the best running quarterback in the country in Murphy, who is on his way to a 1,000-yard season. The matchup advantages seem to skew toward BC, but expect Virginia Tech to really place an emphasis on its run game. The Eagles have had trouble closing out games this season, so the Hokies will have a chance to survive in a slog. Virginia Tech 21, Boston College 20.
For what it's worth, Adelson also picked N.C. State to beat BC. Hale and Shanker are 6-2 on the year picking BC games, with the only misses coming in the USC (obvi) and Colorado State games.
More and more folks are calling for the upset. I don't like it one bit.