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2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 63 Boston College Eagles

2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 63 Boston College Eagles


The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Boston College Eagles


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No. 63: Boston College Eagles

Boston College Eagles Prespring Status

Step One: Boston College won an ACC game again. Actually, it won two. Step Two: Get to a bowl. Step Three: Come up with a winning season. The program that was so woeful in conference play pulled off a clutch 7-6 campaign to help save Steve Addazio’s job, but can this turn into a better, more productive year for a team that finished with the second-worst offense in college football? The D saved the day, outside of getting bombed by the ACC big boys.

With nine starters returning on offense, there’s hope for a little more production – finally – for a team not used to moving the ball on a regular basis, but can the defense continue to do its part? After finishing ninth in the nation in total D, seven starters are back to what should be another huge year, but …

Boston College Eagles Biggest Issue

Some of the key parts are gone. Second-leading tackler John Johnson is done from the secondary, as is LB Matt Milano and, off the defensive front, Kevin Kavalec and Truman Gutapfel. There’s depth, and there are plenty of options for what should be another good D, but four of the top seven tacklers are done. Fortunately …

Boston College Eagles Biggest Positive

Harold Landry is back. The team’s star pass rusher could’ve gone pro early after a 16.5-sack, 22 tackle-for-loss season, but he returns along with Zach Allen on the other side to bring the heat into the backfield. On the other side, John Hillman and Davon Jones form a solid 1-2 rushing punch behind a good-looking line that gets four starters back. QB Darius Wade needs to step up and shine, but there’s hope for this to be the best BC offense in a long while.

Really, Why Are The Boston College Eagles Ranked Here?

They should probably be higher closer – and probably will be throughout the offseason rankings. There’s a believe-it-when-we-see-it attitude when it comes to the offense, while the defense – as good as it was statistically – has to prove it can hold up against the better offenses. It was an all-or-nothing season for the Eagles, losing to Virginia Tech, Louisville, Florida State and Clemson by a combined score of 202 to 24.