The ACC Championship: Round Two

Alex PotterCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2008

The ACC championship is now only just under four days away to what has become de ja vu. It seems like it was only one year ago that Boston College lost to Virginia Tech in Tampa, Florida. Oh wait, that's because it was, but this season is different, and Boston College will take red-shirt freshman quarterback Dominique Davis and his eagles to the Orange Bowl.

Virginia Tech should never have made it into the ACC championship game, much like the Boston College Eagles were not even predicted to finish in the top-three in the ACC standings, let alone a repeat trip to Tampa. Virginia Tech was clearly outplayed and out-ranked by Georgia Tech, but due to the tie breaker game rule, Virgina Tech moves one to its second consecutive ACC championship game.

This Saturday will prove to be a lot of things for both teams. A Virginia Tech win will prove that Tyrod Taylor has a place in the VT depth chart next season. A Boston College win puts the possibility of Dominique Davis becoming an in-and-out QB sharing the role with the impressive Chris Crane (who is out with a broken collar bone).

This game is a real toss-up and despite Boston College defeating VT earlier in the season, this a much different looking team on both ends. The following keys to success are what Boston College is going to need in order to stamp its ticket to the Orange Bowl.


Boston College

  1. Dominique Davis can not run the ball on third down. The red-shirt freshman was relatively impressive as far as his game managing and time consuming drives were concerned but failed scrambled pocket scurries up the middle were unsuccessful.
  2. Passing Game over Running Game. The passing offense of Boston College is ranked 100th in the nation out passing VT by about 40 yards per game. Virginia Tech clearly has Boston College beat on the ground, where both teams are ranked evenly, VT outruns ACC opponents at a ratio of 1.5 to 1 in 2008.
  3. Score Early, but Finish Strong. Where Boston College does not hold a clear advantage in any NCAA rankings over VT besides penalties committed, is averaging five points more per game. This was the problem last week for BC, it needs to finish the game. If it wasn't for a late interception returned for a touchdown, I might be talking about Florida State playing in this game.

This 2008 ACC championship is going to be close and low scoring. My prediction is BC by a late touchdown on a drive by Dominique Davis, after a big fourth down stop by Mark Herzlich and the BC defense.