Boston College at Virginia Tech: 5 Big Questions with Fighting Gobbler

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Sep 13, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies head coach Frank Beamer looks on during warm ups prior to the start of the game against the East Carolina Pirates at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Our Eagles of Boston College at Virginia Tech this weekend are looking to get this bowl-eligibility thing out of the way, though they are hopefully focused on winning as many games as they can.

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For the home-team Hokies, the situation is slightly more desperate, as the team has gone 2-4 over their last six games and, with a loss on Saturday, Virginia Tech will be in some danger of their first losing season in over two decades with Duke and Virginia still to follow.

For insight from the Hokie perspective on what kind of game this might be, we turn to Tim Thomas, editor of FanSided’s Virginia Tech outfit, Fighting Gobbler.

Boston College at Virginia Tech: 5 Big Questions — #5

Looking at the Hokies’ upcoming schedule, there are a couple tough games. Are we at the point where Boston College is a must-win for Virginia Tech, both for making a bowl and winning the Coastal?

TT: Yes, mainly because this game is at home and despite the odd home struggles for the Hokies, Virginia Tech needs to get some momentum at home with the only two wins at Lane Stadium this season, coming against Western Michigan and William & Mary. Also, Boston College is another team that has had an up and down season, with the Eagles having a big win over USC, though that win doesn’t look as good now as it did then.

The Hokies were upset by Boston College last season and a loss this season could really hurt the Hokies. Virginia Tech has two weeks after this to prepare for a trip to Duke but if the Hokies were to lose this game and the next one [against Duke], they would have to win the final two over Wake Forest and Virginia.

Also, the Hokies have some big time recruits in this weekend, including 4-star defensive end Jalen Dalton. Getting a win could make it easier recruiting, though the trips for recruits last Thursday went well despite the very bad loss against Miami.

Next: Question #4