Boston College at Georgia Tech: Opening Line & The Basics


Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

This may not be rock-bottom, but it sure is cold down in the basement. That, my friends, is where Boston College football resides at the half-way point of the 2012 season. Despite the hopes and dreams of the fans and others, the front six games of this schedule have been nothing short of an unmitigated disaster, leaving BC a nearly-impossible task in the back six.

This week, the Eagles limp into Atlanta to play the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the final game of a three-game road trip.

Boston College’s story is well-known to all who have witnessed the carnage in person or on television. The Eagles are 1-5 (0-3), coming off of a 44-point loss to Florida State, which itself followed an embarrassing last-minute loss to Army. This is the second-straight year in which the Eagles have started 1-5, and last year’s final result was eight losses. The current defense has struggled so mightily this year that eight might look good to us by Thanksgiving.

What’s worse is that it is October 15 and Boston College is still without an FBS win.

On the other sideline are the Yellow Jackets, a team at 2-4 that has lost three games in a row. The low point of their season was on September 29, when Middle Tennessee State beat them in their own building by three touchdowns.

By any account, Georgia Tech is not that great and is underachieving. But what’s that? Boston College are 14-point underdogs to a 2-4 team? Why, that’s correct.

Let that sink in for just a moment: the Eagles are two-touchdown underdogs to a team that, by record, is nearly as bad as they are. What does that tell you?

It tells you that Boston College has lost what little respect it still had in the Frank Spaziani era, and things are probably going to get worse before they get better. This will be a memorable second half, though perhaps for all the wrong reasons.