CHESTNUT HILL, Massachusetts (Ticker) -- Playing its final Big East Conference game, No. 19 Boston College can secure its first BCS bowl berth Saturday with a victory over Syracuse on Saturday.
The Eagles (8-2, 4-1 Big East), who are bolting to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season, never have won the Big East title. With a win, they would play in either the Fiesta or Sugar Bowls.
Boston College will be without quarterback Paul Peterson, who broke a finger in his right hand late in the second quarter of the Eagles' 34-17 triumph at Temple last Saturday. Peterson will be replaced by redshirt freshman Matthew Ryan, who completed 8-of-15 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown against the Owls.
L.V. Whitworth ran 17 times for a career-high 151 yards and two TDs in the win.
Syracuse (5-5, 3-2) has not played since a 34-24 home loss to the lowly Owls on November 13. Damian Rhodes set career highs with 29 carries for 200 yards and three TDs in the defeat.
With Pittsburgh beating West Virginia on Thursday, Syracuse can create a four-way tie atop the conference with a victory. If the Panthers, Mountaineers, Eagles and Orange tied for the top mark in the conference, Pitt would get the league's BCS bowl bid.
Syracuse leads the all-time series with B.C., 27-17. Last year, just days after the Eagles announced they were to join the ACC, they were routed at the Carrier Dome, 39-14.