With several weeks of football already having been played, we have somewhat of a read on these teams now.
First, the original list:
12: Maine (W, 34-3)
9: Miami (L, 41-32)
8: Wake Forest
7: Northwestern (L, 22-13)
6: Georgia Tech
5: NC State
4: Notre Dame
2: Virginia Tech
1: Florida State
The bad news is that both of BC’s losses were to teams in the quote-unquote “easier” half of the schedule, but the good news is, um, I’m not sure what the good part of that is. That it’s only two losses? Yeah, let’s go with that.
These are the remaining nine games with their new difficulty rank from 1 to 9, with 9 being the so-called easiest.
It says something that this is BC’s easiest game left because I think Army will be a pain in the hindquarters on October 6. Whatever happens, I will make the trek to West Point to see it live; see you folks at Michie Stadium.
The Terps aren’t very good but I didn’t think they’d have two wins right now. BC is at home and will likely be favored, even if only slightly.
7. Wake Forest
It won’t be easy beating Wake at home.
6. NC State
The Wolfpack look more so-so than I expected.
5. Georgia Tech
This could be higher if the teams in front of them weren’t better, for one reason: BC’s run defense is poor, and all Georgia Tech does is shred teams on the ground. What do you think will happen if the front seven doesn’t suddenly play a lot better? They could rush for 500 yards on this team and I’m not kidding a little; look at what they did to UVA.
4. Virginia Tech
Something’s not quite right with the Hokies at this point in the season, but in the past three seasons, they have outscored BC 97-28. I’d be surprised if they can’t get up for this game knowing how they’ve owned us recently.
3. Notre Dame
It looks like the Irish are back; BC may have an emotional chip on their shoulder that could make things interesting, but aside from that, Notre Dame is playing on a higher level than the Eagles right now.
The Tigers are good all-around. BC last got them in 2010 when Dabo and Co. were in the middle of a 6-6 season, but this game could look more like last year’s Death Valley debacle as Clemson aims to win 10+ games.
1. Florida State
Still number one. Florida State is probably going to tear this team a new collective cornchute and there’s nothing we can do about it. Them getting embarrassed between now and October 13 is probably the only thing that will keep them from being 35-point favorites.