Thursday, September 15, 2005

Boston College Swoops Down On ACC

This weekend can go a long way in deciding the favorites in the ACC.

While Virginia tackles the Syracuse Orange, two big divisional match ups are on tap. The first between the Miami Hurricanes and the Clemson Tigers. Last year the Tigers pulled off the huge upset in Miami, now with wins over Texas A & M and Maryland under their belt, they host the 0-1 'Canes in Death Valley. Obviously Miami will be seeking revenge and redemption after an opening season loss, but even with all the drama there is an even bigger ACC contest.

Florida State football is about as synonymous with ACC champions as Thomas Jefferson is with UVA. Since joining the ACC in 1993, FSU has not won a championship only twice, in 2000 to Maryland and last year to the newcomer Hokies. This year, FSU may have beaten their arch nemesis Miami but their road to the inaugural ACC championship game in Jacksonville is far from paved in gold. Their first contender from the throne hosts the Seminoles Saturday. The 17th ranked Boston College Eagles look to make a splash similar in their inaugural ACC season as their Big East counterparts did last year. The Eagles are 2-0 after two impressive blowouts by a combined score of 64-10. Many pundits see Boston College as a legitimate threat for the Atlantic Division. They have their chance to prove it their first ever ACC match-up against the 8th ranked Seminoles Saturday, in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

The Eagles are led by senior quarterback Quinton Porter who has been an awe-inspiring 42 of 55 for 438 yards and 4 TD's. The fact is though that was BYU and Army, this is Florida State. The same school that shut down a top 15 team two weeks ago and have allowed a combined 17 points in two games. The FSU defense will be the story of this game. With a touted FSU defense but a mediocre offense, if BC can muster enough points, they might be able to pull off the upset...the problem is the 'Noles don't give up points easily.

As a Virginia fan, I must admit that I very much would like to see the Eagles win. Not only because I am tired of the FSU dominance in the ACC but because BC head coach Tom O'Brien was a long time assistant with the Cavaliers. It won't be easy to do, especially with a less than stellar running game and an inexperienced quarterback. Nevertheless, their seems to be a tide of hope around the Eagle organization and throughout the nation that BC is the real deal.

Besides, if the Hokies can do it, why can't they?


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