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What a weekend. The only good game in the conference...well, wasn't. Boston College dominated Georgia Tech, and they have to be the odds on favorite at this point. Let's look at our pre-season favorite list:
- Miami (FL) got spanked by Oklahoma (51-13) and then came out flat last week with a 23-9 win over middling Florida International. Their offense scored on the first drive, and then kept stalling out (three drives stalled at or inside the 10 yard line), scoring only one more TD all game. They turned it around on Thursday night against Texas A&M, but it's really difficult to say which team told us more with their performance.
- Virginia Tech was about the same. They were murdered manhandled by LSU last week, then came out this week and managed a measly 28-7 win against Ohio University. The Bobcats, not the Buckeyes. Hopefully they'll be okay this week against William & Mary, but the Hokies are sadly not in a position to assume a win.
- Georgia Tech will be alright. Their pass defense was a mess against BC, but that isn't a huge surprise. Their schedule isn't terribly difficult, they won't see BC again until the championship, and none of the other teams in the Coastal are a genuine threat yet, so the Wreck will feel better after playing a noticeably lesser Virginia team this week.
That leaves the BC Eagles, who get a chance to get another ego boost this week with a (theoretically) easy win against Army. Though, the way the first three weeks have gone, who knows? Everything else is good team vs bad team.
Winners: Boston College, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, William and Mary. That's right, William and Mary, because VT's offense is bush league, and because I can.
Louisville’s loss last weekend means the Big East now has just two teams with realistic National Championship hopes. With Rutgers off, No. 5 West Virginia will continue its pursuit tomorrow when it hosts East Carolina and a run defense that has allowed an average of just 86 yards per game this season. Of course, the Mountaineers’ running game might be the best in the country and should present all kinds of problems for the 1-2 Pirates. Expect them to coast into conference play unbeaten.