Entering Week 10, head coach Steve Addazio’s team is still in the championship discussion—according to FiveThirtyEight, the Eagles have a 45 percent chance to clinch a spot in the playoff if they win out.
Two days after beating Miami and improving to 6-2 or better for just the sixth time since 2000, the Eagles climbed back into the AP Top 25, joining three other ACC teams in the poll.
BC continued its four-game road trip with a match in Charlottesville, Va.—the Eagles alternated the opening four frames, but, for the second-straight contest, lost in five sets.
For the second-straight year, Duke lost its first game of the season following a 4-0 start, and other early-season favorites like Boston College looked more vulnerable than expected.
Virginia Tech suffered one of the worst losses in school history, BC dropped the ball against Purdue, and Louisville reached a new low at UVA, practically making everyone rethink the conference’s power structure.
Led by Brooke Matherson, the Eagles scored a pair of goals in the final 11 minutes of regulation, securing a two-score victory over Virginia and their first 2-0 start to ACC play in program history.
Winners of three of four, the Eagles host Virginia in a battle of top-10 heavyweights—although BC is just 1-3 against ranked opponents this year.
With a monster win over Florida State—the program’s first since 1966—Syracuse is now 3-0 and one of several mid-tier ACC teams shaking up the conference in the early stages of the 2018 campaign.
Florida State nearly lost to Samford at home, and Pittsburgh was embarrassed by longtime rival Penn State on national television, each taking a big step back before the brunt of ACC play.
Virginia Tech embarrassed the Seminoles in Tallahassee, and BC shelled Massachusetts—meanwhile, teams like Miami and Louisville found themselves on the other side of things, limping out of the gates to a shaky start.