I know sports and all, but it's crazy to think about where both these programs were when they met just seven years ago down in Blacksburg.
Boston College was ranked #2 in the nation ... 7-0 on the year and coming off its fifth straight victory over Catholic rivals Notre Dame. Virginia Tech came into the game as the 8th ranked team in the nation, rebounding from a 48-7 drubbing at #2 LSU by rattling off five straight wins; entering the game with a 6-1 record.
The two teams are in very different spots entering today's game in Blacksburg. The more modest goal of bowl eligibility is in sight for the Boston College Eagles (5-3, 2-2 ACC), while Virginia Tech (4-4, 1-3 ACC) is flirting with ending the nation's second longest active bowl appearance streak at 21; that is, unless the Hokies manage to win two of their final six games of the season. BC is on its third head coach since that 2007 season, while Hokies fans are starting to wonder whether the end of the Frank Beamer era of Virginia Tech football is nigh.
Two programs heading in very different directions will square off this afternoon down in Blacksburg (12:30 p.m. Eastern). The game will be televised by the ACC Network's local affiliates, as well as ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Mike Hogewood (play-by-play) and Riley Skinner (analyst) are on the call.
This will be the 24th meeting between the ACC's two cross-divisional schools. Virginia Tech owns a 15-7 advantage in the all-time series; 5-4 in the nine ACC regular season meetings. Last season, BC snapped a five-game losing streak to the Hokies by running past the Hokies at home, 34-27.
Game Time, TV channel: 12:30 p.m. Eastern, ACC Network (TV 38 in Mass.), ESPN3
Radio: BC IMG Sports Radio Network, 93.7 FM