Don't read too much into BCS this time of year

Even with one loss, the LSU Tigers remain in control of their destiny in the SEC West, writes Kirk Herbstreit.

Updated: November 30, 2005, 11:17 PM ET
By Kirk Herbstreit | Special to
Boston College at Virginia Tech will be ESPN's most anticipated Thursday-night matchup of the season. BC competed early in the season with Florida State and has proven to be a legitimate contender in the ACC. Depending on what happens in the Seminoles' three remaining conference games, Boston College-Virginia Tech could be preview of the inaugural ACC title game.

However, it will take a nearly perfect game for the Eagles to win in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech rallies around an opponent's mistakes and scores in bunches. If a visiting team makes any mistake at all (a turnover or a blocked punt), Lane Stadium turns into an absolute madhouse, and that's where things typically start to unravel for the visitor. Coach Tom O'Brien's team is fundamentally sound, so I'm excited to see how the Eagles execute against a Hokies team that thrives on forcing mistakes.

Kirk Herbstreit

College Football analyst
Kirk Herbstreit has been an ESPN college football studio analyst since August 1996. Herbstreit, who joined ESPN in September 1995 as a college football sideline analyst for ESPN2, is also a game analyst for ESPN's Thursday night college football telecasts.