Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Good morning, ACC fans! Only two days, three hours, two minutes and 50, 49, 48 ... seconds left until the ACC championship game, the only pick of the week. I finished the regular season strong last week at 6-2, including Georgia Tech's win over Georgia. That put me at 65-31 this season (67.7 percent).
Here's one more shot at figuring out this unpredictable league:
Boston College 21, Virginia Tech 17: First, let's look at the stats. The Hokies are averaging 18.9 points per game against conference opponents, and the Eagles average 25.8. (Throw a non-offensive touchdown in there for both teams for good measure.)
The Hokies' scoring defense hasn't been kind to ACC teams, holding them to 17.2 points per game. Boston College, though, will win this game up front. If the Hokies can't run, they can't win, and BC's front seven has produced the best run defense in the ACC, holding conference opponents to just 85 yards per game and 2.8 yards per carry. It's the No. 7 rushing defense in the country. Teams ahead of them include Texas, Alabama and Southern Cal. Not bad company.
There's one more major factor that went into this pick -- the fact that BC was here last year and didn't get it done. In talking to the players this week, they're determined to change that, while the sentiment out of Blacksburg seems to be thankful to be here.