Boston College at UMass: 5 Big Questions

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Boston College at UMass: 5 Big Questions

3.) We know the BC defense can blitz, but what else can it do on Saturday?

One thing it is going to have to figure out is stopping the pass. Sure, the pass rush actually worked at Boston College last season for the first time in ages, but the Eagles’ pass defense overall was still poor.

The good news is that the defense, minus Tim Joy, is healthy. The Eagles are looking to infuse new talent from, amongst others, Harold Landry, Isaac Yiadom, and Connor Strachan, all of whom were three or four-star recruits looking to get their first shot at college ball.

In keeping with the previous question, even if the UMass offense looks better, this is the kind of game where Boston College could probably get away with “okay” on defense. Though, we said that about New Mexico State last season, and they didn’t even make it to “okay.” If they keep the Minutemen to 20 points or less, which is doable, the Eagles probably win the game with relative ease.