Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Boston College Eagles season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Boston College Eagles
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Boston College Previews 2017 | 2016 | 2015
That was fun, Boston College. Now do that again.
It was over. The Eagles started the season 2-4, and it should’ve and could’ve been 1-5 considering the way they got out of the Northern Illinois game alive.
With Louisville, Florida State and NC State still to deal with, and with four of the last six games on the road, BC was staring down a sure-thing losing season, and Steve Addazio was at or near the top of every coaching hot seat list.
And then the offense started to click.
The Eagle attack that tried to speed things up and go with more of a quick tempo just couldn’t score, averaging just over 16 points per game in the first six. One big win over Louisville later, and BC was on its way to being one of the hottest teams in the country over the second half of the regular season.
So, which one is the real Boston College? Is that team that destroyed Florida State 35-3 and cranked up an unstoppable offense going to show up to kick off this year, or will it be the one that couldn’t seem equipped to handle the teams with the high-powered offenses?
It’ll probably be the one that goes 7-6, like it has in four of the last five seasons. And this year, that’ll be more than good enough.
There are issues. From the shaky quarterback situation as Anthony Brown tries to get past his torn ACL, to the lack of running back depth behind the fabulous AJ Dillon, to the mediocre season from a normally killer run D, to the awful placekicking that has to be fixed, this is far from an air-tight team that looks ready to rip up the ACC.
But at this point under Addazio, Boston College seems to know how to survive.
Remember, Boston College went 2-10 before he showed up, and since then, there’s been a 3-9 clunker in the midst of all the seven win seasons. And he’s doing this in an Atlantic Division with Clemson, Florida State, Louisville and NC State all doing big things.
You know what’s coming. The defense will battle hard game-in-and-game-out, there won’t be a slew of penalties, and the offense won’t beat itself.
But to get past another nasty schedule – the second half is BRUTAL – it’s going to take that team and that attitude and that production that was so special over the second half of last season.
Or was that all just an aberration? At the very least, now we know what Boston College is capable of.
We want that team.