The Boston College Eagles will look to carry their offensive momentum from a 45-42 upset of Louisville into a showdown with the surprise team of the year in the ACC, the Virginia Cavaliers.
The matchup will be the first between the two schools since 2010, and the Eagles will look to continue their perfect record against the Cavaliers. Boston College has won all five matchup in the history of the two programs.
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Boston College-Virginia live updates, score
Boston College-Virginia game time, information
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Virginia
Weather: Mostly sunny, high 79 degrees
Odds: Virginia -6.5
Boston College-Virginia preview
Coming off its best offensive performance of the Steve Addazio era, Boston College will look to pull a second straight upset and do something it hasn’t done since 2014: win back-to-back games in ACC play.
The Eagles stunned Louisville in Week 6, 45-42. It was the most points Boston College has scored in a game against a Power 5 opponent since 2009. Boston College’s 555 total yards were the team’s most since 2008.
Virginia, however, has emerged as a surprising contender in the ACC Coastal Division with a 5-1 record through the first half of the season. The Cavalier defense should prove much more stingy than Louisville’s, as Virginia is allowing just 312.8 total yards per game this season, 18th-best in the nation.
Boston College’s attack against Louisville was fueled by freshman running back A.J. Dillon, and the Eagles will likely seek to pound the rock with Dillon some more this week.
Dillon carried the ball 39 times for 272 yards and four touchdowns against the Cardinals. All of those figures represented career-highs, and Dillon earned the Walter Camp Award for national offensive player of the week as a result. Dillon’s 272 yards were the fifth-most rushing yards in a game for any player this year, and the most by a freshman.
Boston College’s offense as a whole ran for 364 of its 555 total yards — the most rushing yards in a game for an Eagles team since 2014. Addazio is known for a run-heavy offensive attack, and in his five-year tenure, Boston College team’s are 10-0 when rushing for over 300 yards in a game.
On the season, Virginia’s defense has been better against the pass than the run. The Cavaliers rank 10th nationally in pass defense, allowing an average of less than 170 yards a game through the air. Bronco Mendenhall’s defense will likely load the box and dare Boston College’s offense to try to beat it through the air.
On the other side of the ball, Boston College’s traditionally stingy defense has been shaky. The Eagles are allowing opponents to average 30 points per game and gain over 445 yards per game. They rank 108th out of 130 FBS teams in total defense.
Virginia’s surprising start to the year has been led by a breakout season from quarterback Kurt Benkert. Benkert ranks 23rd nationally in yards per game, and his 15 touchdown passes on the season are tied for the 15th-most.
The good news for Boston College is that it has typically defended the pass better than the run this season, and Virginia has not run the ball well. The Cavaliers rank 101st nationally with an average of just over 128 rushing yards per game.
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