Boston College vs. Virginia Tech : ACC Championship Preview?

Jacob MotleyContributor IOctober 4, 2009

Miami is catching all the attention in the Coastal Division, and Florida State's up and downs are all the talk in the Atlantic Division.

The truth of the matter is Virginia Tech is the front-runner for the Coastal, and Boston College is emerging as the team that wants to win the Atlantic.

This Saturday could be a possible preview of the ACC Championship Game this year. As Boston College heads to Blacksburg to take on the No. 5 team in the country, Virginia Tech.

The teams are very similar in spreading the wealth so far this season. Boston College has 14 total touchdowns, five on the ground, and nine through to air. Virginia Tech has 17 total touchdowns, with eleven coming on the ground, and six through the air.

So these two teams will match-up better than a lot of people would think.

What Boston College Brings to the Game:

Boston College had a lot of quarterback questions as to who would step up and lead the team. They have found a leader in Dave Shinskie. With over 600 yards passing and seven touchdowns he is helping Boston College emerge as the front runner in the Atlantic Division.

BC runningback Montel Harris has racked up over 400 yards rushing with five touchdowns making him a solid threat for the Eagles.

Also, the Eagles have had eight receivers reach the endzone already this season.

That is an incredible number, especially for a Virginia Tech secondary that is having problems stopping the big pass plays this season. Boston College has shown a lot of options in the passing game and that will make the assignments for the Hokies even more difficult.

The story is pretty similar for the Hokies.

What Virginia Tech Brings to the Game:

There was never a question as to "who" the quarterback would be, but rather "how" he would perform.

Tyrod Taylor has answered the questions by already throwing more touchdowns this year than he did all of last season. He is also well on his way to his career high for passing yardage. He is proving he can lead the Hokies with his arm as well as his legs.

Ryan Williams is the star in the backfield for Virginia Tech. Held scoreless against the Blue Devils, he still has eight touchdowns, and 570 yards rushing on the season.

Virginia Tech has several weapons in the passing game as well, with four receivers with at least one touchdown this season. The best target so far has been Jarret Boykin, who has sixteen receptions for close to 300 yards and two touchdowns.

What's up for Grabs?

These two teams will meet Saturday in an ACC match-up that has a lot of meaning for both teams.

Virginia Tech (4-1, 2-0) needs to avoid an ACC loss to stay ahead of Miami and Georgia Tech who are both true threats to the ACC crown. Boston College (4-1, 2-1) needs the win to solidify their spot in what is now a wide open Atlantic Division, just waiting for someone to take it by storm.

There is an underlying story to this game as well. Boston College star player Mark Herzlich is battling cancer. He has been unable to play this year because of treatment, however, Virginia Tech has been raising money for his cause at their home games.

So Saturday Virginia Tech will present Mark Herzlich the money they have raised to aid his cause. It is great to see the Hokies show concern and take action to help a fellow athlete in his fight against cancer.

This game has a lot of meaning on, and off the field for both teams. It will be a very competitive game and could be a glimpse of the teams meeting in Tampa for the ACC Championship Game.