Road Warriors

Boston College has won 13 of its past 16 road games, including five victories over teams ranked in the Associated Press top 25. In 2002, the Eagles won at then-No. 4 Notre Dame; in 2003, at No. 25 Penn State and No. 12 Virginia Tech; in 2004, at No. 24 Notre Dame and No. 10 West Virginia. Boston College hasn't beaten a team ranked No. 3 or higher since upsetting the top-ranked Fighting Irish, 41-39, on David Gordon's last-second field goal at Notre Dame Stadium on Nov. 20, 1993. "I think the thing that is very obvious about Boston College is they're used to going on the road and winning," Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer said.

Searching for Hyman

Wide receiver Josh Hyman was a big surprise for the Hokies last season, when he led the team with 491 receiving yards and had five touchdown catches, the most by a Tech rookie since freshmen became eligible to play in 1972. But Hyman, from Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake, Va., has caught only four passes for 79 yards in seven games this season. He is essentially the Hokies' No. 5 receiver, behind junior David Clowney and sophomores Eddie Royal, Justin Harper and Josh Morgan. "I don't think anything is up" with Hyman, Beamer said. "He's had his moments, and he's practiced well. I think Josh is a good player, but we've got five guys rotating there and his number hasn't been called. But it will be."

First and Toal

Boston College linebacker Brian Toal, who is third on the team with 36 tackles, is one of college football's best two-way players. The sophomore is the Eagles' running back in short-yardage plays. He has carried 20 times in such situations, scoring six touchdowns and gaining nine first downs. He has been stopped short of a first down five times.

Hokies' New Clothes

Virginia Tech will unveil its new uniforms against Boston College. The Hokies were one of four Division I-A teams -- Miami, Oregon and Southern California are the others -- who will wear the new jerseys designed by Nike. Beamer said the jerseys include an orange sleeve. Beamer said his wife, Cheryl, was surprised he agreed to the change because he is somewhat superstitious. Said Beamer, "For Nike, we changed." Beamer receives $80,000 annually from Nike as compensation for the Hokies wearing its cleats and uniforms.