The Washington Times - October 4, 2008, 03:52PM

A little bonus ACC football never hurt.

It doesn’t always help, but it never hurts.


So the chance to get a look at Boston College and N.C. State was welcome, even if it wasn’t the cleanest broadcast in the annals of television.

Anyway, it’s not hard to see N.C. State being the better team a month from now. With only 44 healthy scholarship players, the Wolfpack (behind increasingly impressive QB Russell Wilson) stuck around until the final seconds of a 38-31 loss to the Eagles.

BC, meanwhile, had a chance to finish things off early in the fourth quarter with a second-and-goal from the 1 and settled for a field goal to make it 31-17. It wasn’t long before the Wolfpack tied things up before Chris Crane satisfied his fantasy owners with a third rushing touchdown in the closing minute.

This was a revealing game for the Boston College defense, which is not so good that it was going to allow 6.5 points a game the rest of the way. And with a brutal schedule remaining —- Virginia Tech, at North Carolina, Clemson, Notre Dame, at Florida State, at Wake Forest and vs. Maryland —- the Eagles have built about as much of a cushion as they’re going to get while moving to 4-1.

The Wolfpack is 2-4 at the midpoint, and Wilson clearly makes them a much more dangerous team. It’ll be interesting to see how they come out after the bye week against Florida State —- and better still, how they would respond at Maryland Oct. 25 if they’re 2-5.

Here’s the prediction on these two: State will win just as many times the rest of the way as BC does, even with one fewer game to work with. And it would come as no surprise if either of them employs the precision passing they displayed today to pick apart Maryland in their meetings with the Terrapins.

—- Patrick Stevens