Hard to pick against Virginia Tech on a Thursday night

Updated: October 25, 2007, 5:30 PM ET
By Bruce Feldman | ESPN The Magazine

I followed up a winning week with my worst week ever, going 4-11 against the line. The good: picking Penn State in a close one over Indiana; the bad: barely missing on the Mississippi State cover against West Virginia; the ugly: expecting ND to keep it kinda close against USC. This week's guesses:

Thursday, Oct. 25

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Win McNamee/Getty ImagesVirginia Tech and Thursday nights have got along real well over the years.
Virginia Tech 20, Boston College 13: I know Tech's D is nicked up, but I'm not picking against the Hokies at Lane Stadium on a Thursday night. VT is 13-2 all-time on Thursday nights. I expect QB Matt Ryan to be sharp, but I think, as is usually the case here, the Hokies will make a couple of big plays to win the game late.