Linked to the Heights, June 10: Boston College Football's Bumpy Stretch?

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It is truly a blessing when we can find accurate opinions about Boston College football, or any Eagles sports, coming from outside the maroon and gold realm.

Even when these analyses are partially correct, it is worth noting. ESPN, in an effort to fill content in an otherwise dull offseason (seriously, realignment chatter has been kept to a minimum and with Johnny Manziel in the NFL, college football is short on characters), has offered a look at the toughest stretch for each team in 2014, including your Boston College Eagles. The verdict: it was fair and accurate.

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Toughest stretch: Boston College (ESPN, Matt Fortuna)

The above-noted scribe puts the Eagles most difficult period of the upcoming season in November. That seems fair, considering that Boston College will play Virginia Tech, Florida State, and Louisville during that stretch. Early in the year, on the other hand, they will play the likes of UMass, Maine, and Colorado State as they look to get off to a fast start.

Everybody and their cousin knows that the Eagles’ schedule was intentionally designed to be as favorable as possible in what we thought would be a rough transition year. With seven home games and an eighth down the road in Foxboro, Boston College football will play only four games outside the Boston area during the regular season.

Bringing aboard Tyler Murphy and Ian Silberman will help mitigate the pains of transition to the new wave of Eagles recruited by Steve Addazio, leaving a manageable schedule, especially early.

College football schedules: [Boston College ranks No. 28] (The Oklahoman, Berry Tramel)

But even though we might think it’s manageable, it’s still not going to be easy. Of the 64 power-conference teams, Boston College’s non-conference slate ranks 28th; no doubt the USC game props it up considerably. Considering that the USC Trojans are literally the Eagles only non-conference foe of note (Colorado State is okay), how bad is everyone else’s schedule below them?

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