win or no bowl: After losing five of its past six games, Virginia Tech must win out the last two weeks of the season just to extend its 19-year bowl streak. It starts with a matchup at Boston College, a place where the Hokies always seem to find themselves in a close game. Even worse: Virginia Tech has lost seven straight games away from Lane Stadium, a streak that dates to last year’s ACC championship game.
YARDS INTO POINTS: Virginia Tech has outgained its opponent in its past three games, including No. 11 Clemson and No. 10 Florida State. But for the most part, the Hokies have been unable to convert that success into many points. On their past 10 red-zone drives, they’ve scored just three touchdowns. Turnovers also have been an issue, and quarterback Logan Thomas hasn’t helped. He has 14 interceptions, the second-most among Football Bowl Subdivision signal callers.
SECONDARY SHUFFLE: Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster has called more blitzes than ever in recent weeks, leaving his secondary on an island. They’ve had success at times, but the strategy burned them against Florida State when the Seminoles shredded the Hokies on their game-winning drive on Nov. 8. Virginia Tech will be without safety Michael Cole (sprained neck), and in his place freshman Desmond Frye could see extensive action if the Hokies use their nickel package to slow down Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig.
12:30 p.m. at Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
TV: WTTG-5, WJZ-13. Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM).
Records: Hokies 4-6, 2-4; Eagles 2-8, 1-5.