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Sunday Morning Quarterback

Sunday Morning Quarterback

Thursday, October 27, 2005

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Wherein SMQ laments his submission to that classic, dreaded entry: "The computer ate my blog post!"...

Oh the humanity, the cliche! SMQ is not what you would call diligent, and often dawdles over longer posts longer than necessary. But despite his time-consuming efforts, expensive machines at his disposal have not often been on his side; the "Thursday Morning Quarterback" submission has been technologically submarined into "Friday Morning Quarterback" for the second straight week, which is ridiculous almost to the point of incompetence. It's not his fault, but if he were somehow being paid to run this blog, SMQ's sorry ass would be fired and on the cold, hard, dark streets. Of course, he would have also applied by now for a computer upgrade to avoid these snafus.

Anyway, the weekly primer is still on the burner for reheating and consumption tomorrow. In the meantime, SMQ offers his thoughts on tonight's ACC throwdown/showdown in Blacksburg, which was his Game of the Century of the Week:

What's at Stake: For Boston College, potentially the future of the program, to an extent. This is one of the biggest games in B.C. history, not because the Eagles haven't played and beaten top teams before (Miami in '84, Notre Dame in '93, Virginia Tech on a couple occasions over the last five years), but because a win here, with all relevant eyes scrutinizing on national TV, would seem to signify their permanent arrival among the cream of the ACC. Virginia Tech, by contrast, is merely concerned with keeping national title hopes alive.
Boston College Wants: To keep the Hokies' defense off-balance ­B.C. does everything pretty well, and few offenses spread the ball around better (two good young running backs, L.V. Whitworth and Andre Callendar, with over 400 yards apiece, and eight different receivers with double-digit catches, led by more or less the go-to-guy, Will Blackmon). Control the clock. Put the game on the defense, and don't put it in bad spots. Stuff the run and get pressure on Marcus Vick with stud pass rusher Matthias Kiwanuka. Probably will need a big play from a turnover or special teams, where Kiwanuka excels as a kick blocker and Blackmon as a return man. The lower the score, and the less V-Tech has the ball, the better.
Virginia Tech Wants: Like B.C., to establish balance, beginning with the running game, and not force Vick to have to scramble for big runs every other possession to move the chains. The offense works better when the play-action gives Vick time to sit in the pocket and get the ball downfield with his arm. Tech too wants to put the game on its defense and make a big play there or on special teams, but is more likely to win without such fortune ­ as long as Vick doesn't toss up three straight picks like he did when the running game wasn't working in the third quarter against Maryland. That won¹t fly here; B.C. will capitalize.
The Pick: Two very similar teams who want to grind it first, mix it up later and then pound it into an old school win. Ought to be a slugfest, very much like B.C.'s early loss to Florida State and V-Tech's win by attrition over Maryland. The outcomes should be similar, too, to both of those games: the Eagles are tough, but not quite talented enough to overcome the disparity against a top opponent, and Tech is content to wear teams down before delivering the late knockout blow.
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