2015-16 Football Previews – (ACC) – Eagles
Every once in a while Boston College is able to have some real success on the gridiron. Back in 2007 they actually reached the number two spot in the national rankings during the season, but since then there has been a steady decline.
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Head Coach: Steve Addazio
2014 Record: 7-6
Odds to win ACC: +5000
Win Total: 5.5
A couple of years ago they seemed to make a smart hire in head coach Steve Addazio who has led them to back to back winning seasons and bowl appearances (both losses).
BC will never be a consistent power but they seem to have a real understanding of their strengths and are able to play to them to get positive results.
For 2015 BC will try and push the needle a little further in terms of success but it is not going to be easy.
It is going to be hard in their division to break through, for the 2015 season I think the best they can hope for is a fourth place finish and they have some other tough games on the schedule too this year.
I like that they don’t shy away from competition but this year the schedule might be a little too much to show any improvement in the win column as Addazio continues to build the program back to high energy super physical football we are used to.
Boston College returns all four starters from their defensive line of a year ago. That is a good place to start given they gave up less than 100ypg on the ground.
There is going to be a lot of pressure on this group to set the tone once again because there are not many other returning starters to rely on, on either side of the ball.
They will be breaking in a new quarterback and he will have a couple of reliable targets in senior TE Dan Crimmins and oversized soph WR Charlie Callinan but they are not likely to be that explosive on offense.
The Eagles want to be a running team but they are going to find it challenging without last year’s leading rusher, QB Tyler Murphy, and all of last year’s starting offensive linemen.
Murphy was unique running talent at the QB position and that feature will be gone this year.
Replacing him will be Darius Wade who did not show much in limited action as a freshman last season. B.C. may have a reputation for being able to run the ball thanks to strong offensive lines in the past but an entire new group is a lot.
Lots of power ratings are based on starters returning in this area and until we see them perform you have to be cautious with B.C.
The Eagles did the smart thing for a transition year by scheduling a couple of FCS opponents to start, after that things are going to be really tough though.
I only see one other victory (at home against Wake Forest) and this is even if things come together and they build a new offensive line and work in a new quarterback.
The only thing this team can really rely on right now is a defensive line that should be among the better in the league but that is not going to be enough against FSU et al.
I worry that they are not going to be able to run the ball as much as they want to and that the defense on the whole is ultimately going to get worn out pretty quickly. This team could very easily be one to back in first halves only until they prove they can do what they want to for four quarters.
A year from now they could be back to decent but this year they are going to take their lumps.
September 5 – Maine
September 12 – Howard
September 18 – Florida State
September 26 – Northern Illinois
October 3 – @ Duke
October 10 – Wake Forest
October 17 – @ Clemson
October 24 – @ Louisville
October 31 – Virginia Tech
November 7 – NC State
November 21 – @ Notre Dame (in Fenway)
November 28 – @ Syracuse
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