The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Boston College Eagles.
No. 57: Boston College Eagles
Spring Practice Starts: February 27
Spring Game: April 14
Boston College Eagles Spring Status
This was the program that couldn’t win an ACC game, and then it went 7-6 with two bowl appearances in the last two seasons.
It was also the program that appeared to be in for a regime change after a 1-4 and 2-5 start. And then a funny thing happened – the offense started to work.
The Eagles roles through a tough part of the schedule and finished winning five of their last six regular season games before losing to Iowa in the Pinstripe Bowl. And now there’s enough talent returning to expect more.
The linebacking corps suffers a devastating blow with three massive losses – more on that in a moment – and not having corners Isaac Yiadom and Kamrin Moore around hurts.
But the offense gets back QB Anthony Brown – eventually, after he suffered a knee injury – and the running back should be fantastic behind a line with everyone returning.
Boston College Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Linebacker. Harold Landry was a hybrid pass rusher on the outside, and now he’s about to become a good, dangerous NFL star. He’s obviously gone, along with leading tackler Ty Schwab, but Connor Strachan is back after missing most of last year hurt.
John Lamot filled in and ended up with 63 tackles, and Davon Jones and Kevin Bletzer should be ready to rise up, but the Eagles are losing three great ones.
Boston College Biggest Issue
Quarterback. Darius Wade would’ve been a terrific safety option, but he transferred to Delaware. That means it’s EJ Perry and a whole lot of prayers for Brown to be Brown again after suffering a torn ACL late in the season.
The BC passing game struggled to complete things down the field – it finished averaging under 11 yards per completion – and it wasn’t efficient, but Brown made things happen. Fortunately …
Boston College Biggest Positive
The running game. The Eagles started to rock once Dillon took over, finishing with 1,589 yards and 14 scores. Jon Hilliman transferred to Rutgers – after running for 638 yards and five scores – but as long as defenses aren’t able to tee off with no concern for the passing attack, the Eagles should run for close to 3,000 yards.
Really, Why Are The Boston College Eagles Ranked Here?
They’ve got the systems in place on both sides of the ball, Steve Addazio is a bit more secure after reviving the program. The quarterback situation could be the undoing, and the assumption has to be that the linebacking corps at BC simply reloads. It’ll be a fight in a stronger ACC to win more than seven games, but there’s no reason to not go bowling with this team.