Pittsburgh at Boston College: 5 Big Questions

5 of 5

Aug 30, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; Boston College Eagles quarterback Tyler Murphy (2) passes the ball during the first half against the Massachusetts Minutemen at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh at Boston College: 5 Big Questions — #1

Is Boston College’s lack of a deep passing game going to be a liability against Pitt?

It could be. As we said here last week, you can get away with not having a long game against a lousy team like UMass, but against ACC opposition, it gets quite a bit harder to avoid.

As noted previously, Pittsburgh is not an explosive offensive team in general, but other teams in this conference are (coughFloridaStatecough) and some of those will need to be track meets for the Eagles to have a shot.

Yet, the Panthers’ run defense since last year has been decent to good overall. There is no question that the Eagles will probably not be as productive on the ground this week as they were last week (338 total rush yards), but they are going to need to post a reasonably significant number to compensate for lack of aerial offense.

But, the Eagles are going to continue trying to work their checkdown game, and not necessarily go for the home run bomb at all.