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'Canes, Hokies rely on similar formula

Big East teams have been tough to figure out, except for Miami and Virginia Tech who are rolling towards a showdown.

Originally Published: October 16, 2003
By Jorge Milian | Special to ESPN.com
Boston College
For several seasons, Boston College has been the king of mediocrity. The routine runs like this --beat the majority of bad and average teams on the schedule while regularly losing games to Top 25-type competition. At the end of the year, that results in a 7-4 or 7-5 record and a trip to a second-tier bowl game.

The Eagles are following that formula again this season, beating four teams with a combined 10-16 record while losing to Miami and Wake Forest. Whatever works. Boston College has never finished better than third in the Big East, a trend the Eagles are unlikely to break this season.

Midseason MVP: Derrick Knight
Except for an off-night against Miami, Knight has been sensational. He's currently the nation's leading rusher with an average of 147.67 yards a game and is on a pace to break Mike Cloud's school rushing record. Knight's presence has allowed quarterback Quinton Porter time to develop.

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