The Eagles of Boston College are a football team that plays in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Their annual schedule always includes games against top teams. And more often than not, this squad from New England “holds its own” against the best teams in the country.
And yet, the men of Boston College frequently have losing seasons. That changed in 2014. This squad “flapped its wings” and finally began to “soar like Eagles.” In fact, it produced a commendable Won-Loss record of 7-6 while splitting eight games in head-to-head competition against Conference foes.
Their record earned the Eagles an invitation to the Pinstripe Bowl. In that memorable contest, the team outlasted the Nittany Lions of Penn State and won the game by the thinnest of margins. The final score, in overtime, was 31-30.
Head Coach Steve Adazzio, now beginning his fourth year, appears to have improved the talent level at Boston College, a fact that led to its winning record in 2014. The Eagles began the new 2015 Season with an easy home game victory against the University of Maine last Saturday, September 5th. The final score was 24-3.
The Eagles have seven more home games, several of which will test their ability to compete against upper echelon football squads. The New Englanders will face off against Howard University today, September 12th, butt heads with 11th ranked Florida State University (FSU) on September 18th, host Northern Illinois University on September 26th, Wake Forest University on October 10th, Virginia Tech University on October 31st and North Carolina State University on November 7th.
Interestingly, “the Bean Town Boys” will receive a visit from 9th ranked Notre Dame, “the Fighting Irish,” on November 7th.That contest will test the home team’s ability to compete against top tier competition.
Boston College will play only four games away from home this season. The team will travel to North Carolina to do battle with the Duke Blue Devils on October 3rd. It will compete against 12th ranked Clemson University on October 17th, the University of Louisville on October 24th and the Syracuse Orangemen on November 28th.
As seems to be the case every new football season, Boston College is facing a difficult schedule, one that includes games against three nationally-ranked, Top 25 squads and contests against several other very good teams.
The Eagles have lots of battle-hardened returning players ready to lead them each time they face off against an opponent. The Eagles, themselves, have been and are now “a worthy opponent.”
It will be interesting to see how this team measures up to teams that are loaded with talent. In many of its games this season, Boston College will be expected to lose, but this team can “surprise an unprepared opponent.”
Yes … Boston College can be a winner.
Courtesy of Collegefootball.ap.org