2013 Boston College Football: Best Case, Worst Case, and Expectations

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2013 Boston College Football: Worst-Case Scenario

Boston College starts its new era in 2013 with a win over the Villanova Wildcats, moving to 1-0, but the game is a bit closer than expected. That is followed the next week by a fall-from-ahead loss at home against Wake Forest in which BC had every opportunity to win but could not close the deal.

The following weekend, Chase Rettig takes his team home to California to face USC, but the Eagles melt under the spotlight at the Coliseum and get blown out by the Trojans to drop to 1-2. To make matters worse, they go back home after a bye and get blown out again by Florida State. By now, BC is 1-3 and morale is already suffering.

The good tidings return as Boston College takes care of Army at home, in a game that provides some headaches but is nothing like last year’s meeting. They don’t last for long, however, as the Eagles go back out on the road and get dismantled by both Clemson and North Carolina, falling to 2-5.

Matters worsen as they come back home to face the Hokies, who appear to have recovered from their swoon in 2012, and lose, picking up their sixth loss of the year. They stay alive in the race for bowl eligibility by getting their first road win of the year at New Mexico State, in a game that’s much closer than it probably should have been.

The 3-6 Eagles return home for Senior Day against NC State, but the bad news is that the Wolfpack are just a little too good and not prone to losing at Alumni Stadium like post-BC Tom O’Brien, and they make it official that BC won’t play in a bowl game. BC follows it up with head-scratching road losses to so-so Maryland and Syracuse teams, both of which have been itching to get back at the Eagles for years. The first year of the rebuild goes just about the way most people would expect it to go. 3 wins, 9 losses