Virginia Tech-Boston College: Hokies Look to Pass Eagles' Perennial Roadblock

Justin CocchiolaCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2009

BLACKSBURG, VA - OCTOBER 25:  Offensive tackle Clif Ramsey #73 pushes as tight end Ryan Purvis #80 of the Boston College Eagles drives into defenders Brett Warren #33, Barry Booker #59 and Cody Grimm #26 of the Virginia Tech Hokies during the first half at Lane Stadium October 25, 2007 in Blacksburg, Virginia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Virginia Tech and Boston College has become one of the best rivalries in college football over the past couple of years.  Why?  Matt Ryan's comeback has something to do with it, but then the Hokies beat the Ealges in back-to-back ACC Championships.

Here's a stat that you may not be aware of.  Virginia Tech has lost to Boston College in their last three regular season games matchups.

In 2006, the Hokies traveled to Chestnut Hill and a walk-on kicker, Steve Aponavicius, outscored Virginia Tech by himself.  Boston College won 22-3.

There was no ACC Championship appearance by either team that year.

On October 25, 2007 the second ranked Eagles came into Blacksburg to take on the eighth ranked Hokies.  Virginia Tech was up 10-0 with 2:11 left, and then the unthinkable happened.  Not only was it a Thursday night game in Blacksburg, where the Hokies had only lost one time before, but one of the best defenses in the nation couldn't stop Ryan and the Boston College offense in the last two minutes.

After an onside kick slipped through the hands of Virginia Tech wide receiver Josh Morgan, Boston College recovered, and then scored a second touchdown in a two-minute time span to stun the Hokies 14-10.

The two teams would meet later that season in Jacksonville and the Hokies would dominate the Eagles winning 30-16 for the ACC Title.

Last year, a very different Boston College team would face Virginia Tech, but an inept Hokie offense would prevent the Hokies from beating the Eagles in the regular season for the third consecutive year.

The Virginia Tech defense forced five turnovers in the game, and scored a defensive touchdown.  However, an abysmal offense was too much for the Hokies to overcome and Boston College beat Virginia Tech 28-23 in Chestnut Hill.

These two teams would once again meet in the ACC Championship where Virginia Tech defeated the 18th ranked Eagles 30-12.

So, what are the Hokies going to do this year.  Unlike year's past, this Virginia Tech team actually has a good offense.  The offense isn't great, but it seems to have that potential.

Tyrod Taylor is coming off his first career 300-yard passing game, and he's thrown only one interception this season compared to six touchdowns. 

Ryan Williams has been by far the best running back in the ACC, and ranks near the top of the best backs in the nation.

Boston College is suiting up a 25-year old freshman in Dave Shinskie, who's coming off one of his best performances of his season against Florida State throwing for over 200 yards and two touchdowns.

Both of these teams have a chance to meet up for a third consecutive year in the ACC Championship.  The Coastal Division is by far the best in the ACC and the Atlantic will likely stay up for grabs until the end of the season.

If Virginia Tech wins this week and then beats Georgia Tech on the road next week they may have locked up the Coastal Division by mid-October.  The one difference is, Virginia Tech finds themselves in the mix for the national championship.

Virginia Tech's offense the last three year's has failed to reach the top 100 in college football.  A pretty embarrassing statistic.  Right now, the Hokies rank 55th in the nation in total offense, which is a huge improvement from last season.

Once again, Virginia Tech is the better team, but Boston College has never been afraid to take on the Hokies.  If this is the Hokies year to go to a national championship they will have to overcome a perennial road block in Boston College.

The Hokies are set to take on Boston College at noon this Saturday in Blacksburg, Va.  The game will be televised regionally on Raycom.