Halfway through the season, Boston College is resting up on its second bye week. After a 3-3 start, the Eagles are on pace for their first bowl invitation since 2010. Below, we'll review the Eagles' six remaining opponents followed by a final prediction.
Oct. 26, at North Carolina (1-5)
Don’t let the poor record fool you; UNC is the best 1-5 team in the nation. With close losses to tough opponents, the Tar Heels could easily be 4-2. Third-year starting QB Bryn Renner has underperformed thus far and this team is ready to finally break through with an easier second-half schedule.
Nov. 2, vs. Virginia Tech (6-1)
The Hokies have won six straight games after their opening loss to No. 1 Alabama. Defensive coordinator Bud Foster has his squad back to its usual elite form, averaging just 15 points allowed per game. This will be an extremely tough challenge for the Boston College offense, but at least the game is not down in Blacksburg.
Nov. 9, at New Mexico State (0-7)
Simply put, New Mexico State is one of the worst teams in Division-I football. By far the easiest opponent on the schedule, this will be a blowout. My biggest question: Why is it a road game? Usually it’s the inferior non-AQ teams that are forced to travel.
Nov. 16, vs. North Carolina State (3-3)
With losses to Wake Forest, Syracuse and Clemson, NC State looks very beatable. In fact, the Wolfpack needed a miracle to hold off Division I-AA Richmond. I think Boston College can defend Alumni Stadium and earn another key ACC victory.
Nov. 23, at Maryland (5-2)
Maryland had looked like the third-best team in the ACC Atlantic Division, until its 63-0 loss to Florida State, which was the biggest blowout between ranked teams all-time. Depleted by injuries, the Terps lost to Wake Forest last Saturday. Despite being on the road, this game now looks very winnable.
Nov. 30, at Syracuse (3-4)
In their last meeting as conference members (Big East), Syracuse upset Boston College, taking away the Eagles’ BCS Bowl bid. There has always been bad blood between these two Northeast schools, and no team in Division-I football has played Boston College more (46 games). This one could decide the bowl eligibility for both teams, and I think BC will take care of business.
Boston College will beat New Mexico State, meaning two of five remaining ACC games must be wins to earn bowl eligibility. There is no way around it, Virginia Tech looks like a loss. The Eagles will defend its home turf against NC State, meaning one road win is needed. Out of UNC, Maryland and Syracuse, I think BC will beat Syracuse and one of the other two, earning a 7-5 record (4-4 in the ACC). Given this record, BC would be headed to either the Music City Bowl (Nashville, TN) or the Independence Bowl (Shreveport, LA) – both with SEC opponents. Will Florida fall far enough to create a chance for Coach Addazio to coach against his former Gator players?
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