The Boston College Eagles had one of the worst offenses in college football last season, ranking 118th in points, 120th in passing yards and 127th in total yards per game. Remember, there were only 128 FBS teams in 2016. Yet, they still managed to reach a bowl game, win it, and came away with a winning record. Thanks to a defense that was as good as the offense was bad, the Eagles beefed up on a weak schedule. That won’t be the case in 2017, and unless Steve Addazio can find some offense, the Eagles are destined to return to their 2015 form.
2016 Record: 7-6 SU, 6-6-1 ATS, 5-8 O/U
2017 Regular Season Win Total: 4
National Championship Odds: +200000
Odds To Win ACC: +30000
Somehow the Eagles managed to get seven wins, reaching that mark for the third time in four seasons under Addazio. The schedule helped with wins over Massachusetts, Wagner, Buffalo and UConn. But when the better teams made their way to the slate, the Eagles were overmatched.
The offense was a disaster all year and only stayed out of the bottom of the statistical rankings thanks to big wins over Wagner, Buffalo and Connecticut, games in which BC scored a combined total of 107 points. They managed a total of 158 points in their other 10 games. Against the big boys of the ACC, the Eagles had no chance. They were outscored 153 to 24 in losses to Clemson, Louisville and Florida State and topped out at 10 points. It was ugly.
Following consecutive losses to the Cardinals and Seminoles, BC rallied to finish the year with wins over UConn and Wake Forest to reach bowl eligibility. They found some offense in a 36-30 win over Maryland in the Quick Lane Bowl to at least give fans the feeling that something went right. The defense proved it was solid against teams not vying for an ACC title, but the offense dragged the whole thing down.
There are plenty of returning starters on both sides of the football, which should bring hope that the Eagles will finally get over the 7-win hump. But the schedule has also been upgraded and that could leave BC falling in the win column.
One area where the Eagles are lacking experience happens to be the most important position on the field. Patrick Towles transferred in last season and took a majority of the snaps at quarterback. With him gone after one season, the job will fall to ... someone. Five different players took a stab at the position over the past two seasons with each throwing at least 49 passes. But only one of those players is competing for the job. Darius Wade may win by default, but Anthony Brown will push him. Either way, it’s going to be a situation that gets worse than last season before, or if, it gets better. In Jon Hilliman and Davon Jones, the Eagles return their top two running backs, and the line has plenty of experience, so expect BC to run the ball a lot.
The defense ranked seventh nationally in rushing yards allowed and ninth in total yards allowed per game, but the group crumbled against the better teams. They’ll have to be just as stingy this year and they can be with future NFLer Harold Landry manning one of the end spots. Landry could have entered the draft, but he returned after leading the nation with 16.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles. It’ll be up to this group to keep BC in games and reaching another bowl might be an impossible task.
Week 1: Boston College at Northern Illinois, Friday, September 1
Week 2: Boston College vs. Wake Forest, Saturday, September 9
Week 3: Boston College vs. Notre Dame, Saturday, September 16
Week 4: Boston College at Clemson, Saturday, September 23
Week 5: Boston College vs. Central Michigan, Saturday, September 30
Week 6: Boston College vs. Virginia Tech, Saturday, October 7
Week 7: Boston College at Louisville, Saturday, October 14
Week 8: Boston College at Virginia, Saturday, October 21
Week 9: Boston College vs. Florida State, Friday, October 27
Week 10: OFF
Week 11: Boston College vs. North Carolina State, Saturday, November 11
Week 12: Boston College at Connecticut, Saturday, November 18 (Boston, MA)
Week 13: Boston College at Syracuse, Saturday, November 25
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