Tonight: No. 2 Boston College @ No. 8 V-Tech

Tonight: No. 2 Boston College @ No. 8 V-Tech

Hey, I'm as shocked as anyone to see my Boston College Eagles ranked as the second best football team in the nation.  I knew they were good, but didn't expect them to reach these Heights.  (That's punny! for you non BC peeps)

Tonight is a big game.  B.C. hasn't really been tested by a legit team save maybe Wake Forest or Ga Tech earlier in the season.  I don't have any numbers to back it up, but Virginia Tech seems to give B.C. fits.  The Hokies are actually 3 point favorites, which makes sense given that the game is in Blacksburg.

Some links for you to peruse before kickoff.

ESPN on our school's work ethic and academic standards, "If there is a hybrid form of football somewhere between the NFL and
college football, it is being practiced at No. 2 Boston College."

NFL.com's Mike Mayock on former Penn Charter star Matt Ryan:

"I think it's been positive because both Logan and Jagodzinski believe
in giving a quarterback more freedom at the line of scrimmage than
[former Eagles coach] Tom O'Brien did," said NFL Network draft analyst
Mike Mayock, who has watched Ryan since his days at William Penn
Charter School in Philadelphia and now projects him as a top-three
pick
. "I think that's the biggest difference, that he can take control
of the game now [with audibles]. To over-simplify it, he can get them
out of a bad play now."

Boston Globe preview whichs kinda debunks my thought that V-Tech owns BC:

Blacksburg, Va., has been a fairly regular stop on ESPN's Thursday
night schedule, and it's been a fertile time for Tech, which is 13-2 in
that time slot. But Thursday night against Boston College has not
proven as profitable for the Hokies, whose two losses have come against
the Eagles.

And after the jump, more proof that the Mets Suck!

Enjoy the game kids.  I'll be watching with some fellow BC alums and by the time you read this I'll have finished at least a six pack.  And yes... that's Jessica Biel pictured wearing a BC shirt.  As always check out Atlanta Eagle for all your BC bloggy goodness.  You can see his game preview here.

Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

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Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

A zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump becoming the President of the United States of America are both nightmare scenarios for many people. But Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is prepared in the case of either.

At least that's what he says.

The Philadelphia Eagles have a bye this week, so Jenkins found the time to post the below video to Twitter, teaching us a little bit about his quirks.

"Something you might not know about me is that I'm a half-hearted doomsday prepper. For the last two or three years I've been silently preparing myself for a zombie apocalypse... or Donald Trump becoming President, whichever comes first. Communications, food, protection, everything, I've been stockpiling. I took a zombie survival course a couple of years ago," Jenkins said.

"Hopefully I won't have to use my skills."

 

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tommy Joseph, who has been missing from the lineup lately, starts at first base and bats fourth tonight.

Joseph will most likely be making his final start of the season with Ryan Howard expected to start the final games of the season. Joseph is batting just .235 against the Braves this season, but does have two home runs. The rookie first baseman has 21 home runs and 15 doubles in 104 games during his first season in the majors. 

Howard will be playing what are almost definitely his final games in a Phillies uniform this weekend vs. the Mets.

Maikel Franco bats fifth and plays third base. Franco, who has been hot lately, has three home runs and is batting .320 over his last 25 at-bats. He will look to continue his success against the Braves, as five of his 25 home runs this season have come against them.

Cameron Rupp gets a day off behind the plate and will be replaced by veteran catcher A.J. Ellis. Ellis has exceeded expectations in a short sample since coming over in the Carlos Ruiz trade last month. Ellis is 8 for 28 with a home run and nine RBIs in 10 games with the Phils. He's batting .285, which is astronomically better than his paltry .194 mark with the Dodgers. 

Part of the reason for Ellis' start could be his history against Braves starter Josh Collmenter. He is 4 for 11 with two home runs and four walks against the former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher.

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Maikel Franco, 3B
6. Cody Asche, LF
7. A.J. Ellis, C
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jeremy Hellickson, P

And for the Braves:

1. Mallex Smith, CF
2. Dansby Swanson, SS
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, LF
5. Nick Markakis, RF
6. Anthony Recker, C
7. Jace Peterson, 2B
8. Rio Ruiz, 3B
9. Josh Collmenter, P