A game at Gillette Stadium, four home games against teams who were ranked in the final Top 25 poll, and no sight of Notre Dame. That about sums up the BC football schedule in one sentence.
On Wednesday, BC released its 2013 football schedule. The start to the 2013 season will be different from previous years. Instead of moving in and heading to Alumni Stadium the first weekend, BC SuperFans will have to take the commuter rail to Gillette Stadium to watch BC take on UMass Amherst. It’s a good ole 2-hour commute, but if you have the luxury of a car, it’ll be about 45 minutes. If you ask me, I think a sea of gold on the commuter rail is pretty sweet.
Following opening day, the Eagles return home for the next four games. The first two games will be no easy task. The Pittsburgh Panthers are a formidable team that can compare to Syracuse. It is still far from the season to make predictions, but you can’t sleep on Pittsburgh.
Next is USC. Need I say more? USC demolished BC in Pasadena and following the win against BC, they went on a tear to finish the season 19th in the nation. USC will definitely be the toughest, but most attended home game this season.
BC returns to Alumni to play Maine following the USC game, which should be a win for BC.
Colorado State follows Maine who is dealing with some heartbreak right now with the loss of their star running back, Kapri Bibbs. Bibbs was the Andre Williams for Colorado State and his loss is huge. Good news for CSU, though: their recruiting class is 2nd in the Mountain West Conference. Regardless, this will be a fun game to watch and a competitive one given that both teams are recovering from losing their star running backs.
The first bye week comes on the weekend of Oct. 4 and BC returns to action for seven straight and crucial ACC games.
On Columbus Day weekend, BC head to North Carolina State to faceoff against the Wolfpack. Columbus Day is usually the weekend students would go on a road trip so mark your calendars and rent your RVs for North Carolina. The Eagles return to Alumni for the annual O’Rourke-McFadden Trophy showdown against Clemson Tigers.
The last time BC beat Clemson was at Alumni so this could be a good omen for the Eagles in 2014. The Eagles head over to Wake Forest and Virginia Tech before ending their five game ACC stand against the new addition to the ACC, Louisville, at Alumni Stadium. If BC beats NC State and Clemson, there’s a huge possibility the Eagles can win these five games.
The last two games follow the last bye week on Nov. 15. The Eagles travel to Florida State and meet Jameis Winston once again. While FSU demolished every team they faced in the regular season, BC was the only team to challenge them to the wire. If the Eagles win the previous five games before FSU, the same can happen with a different result in favor of BC.
The final game of the regular season is at home against Syracuse, but unfortunately on Thanksgiving weekend. BC faced Syracuse on Thanksgiving weekend in 2013, but played in the Carrier Dome. It is the biggest question mark on the schedule in terms of student attendance, but given the intense battle these two teams had in 2013, 2014 should be no different.
So, there you have it. The schedule is a competitive one, but all the weekends of September will be devoted to football in the Heights and there will be a huge importance stressed on the final seven games.
As of now, my projection of BC’s final record is (9-3). USC, Clemson, and FSU will be tough games to win, but it is early. Regardless, the 2014 season is going to be a fun, breakout season.
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