Duke at Boston College: 5 big questions

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2.) Where the hell is BC’s exalted rush defense?

Good question, because it’s certainly not been on the field these first two games. 462 net rushing yards between Northwestern and UCF should be signaling red alert amongst BC faithful. A third bad performance in a row, against a Duke team that has struggled to run the football, would be irrefutable evidence that our rush defense has sharply declined from last year. This was the area of our defense, after all, that held it together and helped make our defense one of the best in the nation. If they do a season-long disappearing act, BC will unquestionably be a worse team for it.

I really hope that what we’ve seen in the first two games of the season isn’t what they are, but if it is, and they go from the top rush defense to one of the worst in the span of a year, with a number of the same personnel, that points to serious problems from the top down and the bottom back up.

With all of that said, there is no reason a team like Duke should be able to gash BC’s run defense. Keep an eye on it, however.