In three weeks, Boston College Eagles football will take to the field in Shreveport, Louisiana for the 2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl against the Arizona Wildcats.
After the last several years this program has had, they have earned their spot in a postseason bowl and one would hope that the team takes advantage of the extra practices and the experience itself.
With three weeks to break down the bowl game, even with Christmas in the way, there is probably not one single element of the game which won’t be dissected. It’s the last game of the season, and this will have to hold you until the spring game in April, so deal with it.
Here’s the primer for the AdvoCare V100 Bowl:
Boston College vs. Arizona: The Line
• Opening Favorite: Arizona -6.5
Boston College vs. Arizona: Us
• Head Coach Steve Addazio (1st; 7-5)
• Last game: defeated by Syracuse, 34-31
• This season: 7-5 (4-4 ACC)
• 2-4 away from Alumni Stadium this season
• Won four of last five games overall
• Can clinch first 8-win season since 2009
Boston College vs. Arizona: Them
• Head Coach Rich Rodriguez (2nd; 15-10)
• Last game: defeated by Arizona State, 58-21
• This season: 7-5 (4-5 Pac-12)
• Consecutive bowl appearances
• Lost three of last four games overall
• 3-3 away from Arizona Stadium this season
Boston College vs. Arizona: The Game
• First all-time meeting between Eagles and Wildcats
• Each team’s first visit to Independence/AdvoCare V100 Bowl
• Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 12:30pm ET
• TV: ESPN
• Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana
Boston College vs. Arizona: Initial Evaluation
Clearly, the matchup to watch here (and we will) is that between Andre Williams and Ka’Deem Carey. Though they’ll never be on the field at the same time, the comparisons will be made many times over during the course of the next three weeks and during the game itself. These guys are probably the two best running backs in the country this year, or at least occupying the top three.
Much like Boston College, Arizona has had its ups and downs but Rich Rodriguez, after his spectacular flameout at Michigan, has brought some stability to what was previously a sinking Wildcats football program. What better way for both of these teams to meet for the first time than in a bowl game?