2005 Football: Matchups to Watch: Virginia Tech vs. Boston College

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Boston College ventures into Lane Stadium for a Thursday night contest as the
highest ranked opponent (#11 in the ESPN/Coaches poll, #13 in the AP poll, and
#14 in the BCS) to face the Hokies so far this year. The last time the Eagles
visited Blacksburg, BC walked away with a 34-27 upset victory, so Virginia Tech
will have some retribution in mind for this year�s game.

Boston College will bring their usual big, physical team, and the battle in
the trenches is always interesting to watch when these two teams get together.
In their Big East battles, the difference between Virginia Tech and Boston
College often came down to speed at the skill positions with the Hokies holding
the edge, but this year�s Eagles squad has more speed than many of those teams
in the past. We�ll take a look at some of the key match-ups in the game, but
first let�s take a quick look back at the Maryland game.

Virginia Tech vs. Maryland �post mortem�

The Virginia Tech game plan was clearly to establish dominance in the
trenches and wear down the young Maryland lines. The Terps put up a good fight,
but by the fourth quarter the Hokies had clearly taken control of the line of
scrimmage on both sides of the ball. I identified the interior line play to be a
key to watch for both teams, with the Andrew Crummey/Jonathan Lewis match-up
being one to keep an eye on when Maryland had the ball. Lewis clearly won this
battle as he recorded two sacks and consistently disrupted the Terps� offense.

On
the other side of the ball, I mentioned the all-conference match-up between Will
Montgomery and middle linebacker D�Qwell Jackson as one to watch when
Montgomery was at center. Jackson had a fine game recording 11 tackles (actually
below his average) and an interception, but he was unable to consistently...