Eagles, Cavaliers surprise ACC competition
By Brad Crawford
If last season’s Wake Forest vs. Georgia Tech ACC Championship wasn’t shocking enough, 2007 is shaping up to pit Boston College against Virginia on Dec. 1 in Jacksonville.
Both teams are undefeated thus far in conference play and have shown the ability to win close conference games down the stretch.
Boston College (8-0, 4-0) ranks among the nation’s elite with a No. 2 national overall ranking and sits alone at the top of the Atlantic Division, ahead of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Clemson Tigers who are 3-1 and 2-2 respectively.
Virginia Tech is hot on the heels of Coastal Division leader, Virginia, with a one loss 3-1 ACC record.
Both teams square off Nov. 24 in an intense rivalry game that will more than likely decide the Coastal division representative in the conference title game.
The Cavaliers would be in be in sole possession of first place if they would have beat N.C. State in Raleigh on Oct. 27. The Wolfpack came away with the upset 29-24.
Virginia Tech’s only ACC loss came at home to Boston College on Oct. 25, a game in which the Hokies held a 10-point lead until 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan has led the Eagles to a perfect 8-0 record and a No. 2 national ranking. Believed by some to be the Heisman trophy front-runner, Ryan has 19 touchdown passes with eight interceptions this season.
His gutsy fourth quarter performance Oct. 25 at Virginia Tech earned him ACC Player of the Week accolades and possibly saved the Eagles’ chances at an undefeated season and spot in the Bowl Championship Series National Title Game.
Wake Forest tailback Josh Adams gets the nod over Virginia Tech freshman signal caller Tyrod Taylor, as his 495 rushing yards through six games ranks fifth in the ACC.
Adams’ 98 carries and four touchdowns proves his efficiency even as a first-year player.
Taylor, backup quarterback behind Sean Glennon, has displayed versality in 2007 gaining 300 yards on the ground and 642 through the air.
Virginia defensive end Chris Long leads the ACC with 10 sacks and 13 tackles for loss.
The Cavalier senior is a lock to be one of the top defensive players taken in the 2008 NFL Draft, as he leads his team toward a possible ACC Championship Game berth and a multi-million dollar payout in a BCS bowl.