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Virginia Tech, Maryland, Navy, Virginia: Week 8 Game Capsules

- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 20, 2011

BOSTON COLLEGE (1-5, 0-3 ACC) at No. 16 VIRGINIA TECH (6-1, 2-1)When: 3
Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Va.
TV/radio: CSN, 106.7 FM, 1580 AM
Breakdown: Virginia Tech leads series 13-6 and won last year's meeting 19-0. Two weeks after losing their conference opener, the Hokies are even in the loss column atop the Coastal Division. Wideout Jarrett Boykin has 14 receptions for 269 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games. Boston College has yet to defeat a major-college opponent this season and bring the ACC's worst scoring and total offense into a date with the league's top scoring defense and No. 2 total defense. Virginia Tech defensive end J.R. Collins ranks second in the ACC with six sacks.

MARYLAND (2-4, 1-2 ACC) at FLORIDA STATE (3-3, 1-2)
When: 3:30
Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Fla.
TV/radio: Chs. 7, 2, 980 AM, 92.7 FM, 94.3 FM
Breakdown: Florida State leads series 19-2 and won last year's meeting 30-16. The reeling Terrapins probably didn't need a visit to Tallahassee, where they are winless in 10 visits all-time. Maryland has already matched its loss total from last season, but appeared to find a quarterback capable of providing a lift on the ground in a scheme heavy on zone reads. C.J. Brown, who rushed for 162 yards in a loss against Clemson, is likely to make his second straight start. How he fares against a Seminoles defense that ranks third nationally in tackles for loss and 11th in sacks will be curious.

EAST CAROLINA (2-4) at NAVY (2-4)
When: 3:30
Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis
TV/radio: CBS Sports Network, 1050 AM, 1500 AM
Breakdown: Navy leads series 2-0 and won last year's meeting 76-35 while scoring touchdowns on 10 of 14 possessions. The Midshipmen's increasingly precarious bowl hopes would take a severe hit with a loss to the Pirates. East Carolina has its own issues; its passing game is less potent than a year ago, and the two teams it owns victories against (UAB and Memphis) are a combined 1-12. Fullback Alexander Teich rushed for 157 yards in last year's rout of the Pirates. Navy defensive end Jabaree Tuani had 2.5 tackles for loss last week against Rutgers and has 34.5 for his career, fifth all-time in school history.

N.C. STATE (3-3, 0-2 ACC) at VIRGINIA (4-2, 1-1)
When: 3:30
Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.
TV/radio: ESPNU, 570 AM
Breakdown: N.C. State leads series 33-21-1 and won last meeting 29-24 in 2007. The Cavaliers haven't been three games over .500 since the end of the 2007 season, a plateau they could reach against a Wolfpack bunch that owns just one victory over a major-college opponent. Virginia leads the ACC in pass defense and pass efficiency defense, which makes for an interesting matchup against N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon, who ranks 25th nationally in passing efficiency. The Cavaliers need two victories in the second half of the season to become bowl eligible for the first time in four years.

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