This weekend the Boston College Eagles (5-5) welcome the Virginia Cavaliers (4-6) to alumni for the final home game of the season. The Eagles, now the proud owner of a three-game win streak, look to reach bowl-eligibility for the twelfth season in a row with a win on Saturday.
The Virginia Cavaliers come to Chestnut Hill with a two game losing streak, after losing to Duke and the Maryland Terrapins. Like the Eagles last two opponents, the Cavaliers game against Boston College win-or-go-home. If the Cavaliers do not win their last two contests, then their chances of going “bowling” will evaporate. Luckily, the Eagles will be riding a similar wave of emotion as the squad looks to cap off a “comeback” of a season and end with a winning record. The Eagles will also have the added motivation of bringing home a “W” on the senior class’ final appearance in Alumni stadium.
The Virginia Cavaliers, led by first year head coach Mike London, have had somewhat of a turbulent season. After losing three consecutive conference games, the Cavaliers defeated Eastern Michigan 48-21, followed by a 24-19 upset over the #22 ranked Miami Hurricanes, only to lose their next two.
On offense, junior quarterback Marc Verica, who has thrown for 2,347 yards, 14 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and has accumulated a quarterback ranking of 128.18 this season, leads the Cavaliers. The first upperclassman quarterback BC has faced since Florida State’s Christian Ponder, Verica’s performance has the Cavalier offense ranked as the 25th passing attack in the nation, with Virginia putting up 267yards per game. Verica’s favorite targets have been junior Kris Burd and senior Dontrelle Inman, who have combined for 1340 yards and 8 touchdowns.
Behind senior Keith Payne and sophomore Perry Jones, the Cavaliers have managed to gain 147.7 yards per game on the ground. Both backs have over 100 carries on the season, and have rushed for 741 yards and 568 yards respectively on the season. Payne has been Virginia’s top touchdown scorer with 14 touchdowns on the season.
The Cavaliers are another in a string of sub-par conference opponents for the Eagles this season. As the wins have piled up for the Eagles, the offense has shown significant improvement. Expect the offense to continue to improve against the Cavaliers, especially considering that this is the first home game since the Eagles upset the Clemson Tigers on October 30th. Defensively, the Eagles have been stout, allowing -7 rushing yards against the Duke Blue Devils, and only allowing 16 points. The Virginia offense has been somewhat successful this season, but they have also not played a defense equivalent to the Eagles defense of recent weeks. Look for Kuechly and the Eagles defense to stifle the Cavaliers offense.
Prediction: Boston College Eagles 27 – Virginia Cavaliers 10
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Written by Ian Boynton
Student at Boston College. Avid fan of St. Louis Rams, Boston Red Sox, as well as all Boston College Sports.