Aug 31, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston College Eagles head coach Steve Addazio during the first half against the Villanova Wildcats at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Campus Insiders is right about the composition of the schedule and how it was favorably designed for the Eagles, though without noting that Boston College went 5-1 at home last season and gave Florida State their second-most competitive game of the year there.
Could an offensive case be made for Tyler Murphy or Myles Willis? Is there a case to be made for someone else on defense, like Abdesmad or Manny Asprilla? One might not necessarily come up with Gallik and Stevens off the top of their heads, but they are plausible candidates.
Finally, an interesting nomination for the key game of the season:
"Key game: Oct. 11 at NC State. It’s at this point of the 2014 season that Boston College might pivot in either direction. From Campus Insiders’ 2014 Boston College Football Preview"
Cirminiello may be right about this. This game would be Boston College’s first outside of Massachusetts, and by then, if everything goes well, they could be 3-2 or even 4-1 entering Raleigh.
Consider also that NC State will be a big “toss-up” game for the Eagles. A win might push them to four wins at the half way point, or put them already on the brink of bowl eligibility with five.
A loss there might not doom their season, but losing the toss-up games always makes the bowl math harder. This is one of those early swing games that could either propel the Eagles or slow them down quite a bit.
It seems fair to say that this was a reasonable appraisal of the Eagles’ fortunes this season. The piece was not overly cheery, nor did it prophesy doom. The most we can do is wait and see, but given all of the positives illustrated, there is much to which to look forward.