Maine at Boston College Opening Line (Or Lack Thereof)


How can a college football team follow up its biggest win in years? The Maine at Boston College game is not the right way, but it is a potentially easier way.

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Yet, it would be difficult for the Eagles to even try to top what they accomplished, though they might get a few more chances down the road this season. As for now, the team has to focus on what lies ahead and take care of their business.

That business includes defeating the only FCS team on their schedule, the Maine Black Bears, in an afternoon game at Alumni Stadium. The visitors will hope this game has “trap” written all over it, while Boston College will try to keep their new-found momentum going.

The Maine/Boston College game primer is as follows:

Maine at Boston College Opening Line

There is none, but it would probably be in the 20s with the Eagles as favorites

Maine at Boston College: Us

• Head Coach Steve Addazio (2nd; 9-7)
• Last game: defeated #9 USC, 37-31
• This season: 2-1 (0-1 ACC)
• 1-1 at Alumni Stadium this season (5-1 in 2013); third game of four-straight at home

Maine at Boston College: Them

• Head Coach Jack Cosgrove (22nd; 122-122)
• Last game: defeated by Bryant, 13-10
• This season: 1-1 (0-0 CAA)
• Boston College is the only FBS team on Maine’s schedule

Maine at Boston College: The Game

• 8th all-time meeting between Eagles and Black Bears
• Eagles lead all-time series, 4-3
• Boston College 4-0 vs. Maine in Boston
• Most recent meeting: 2012 (Boston College wins, 34-3)
• Eagles’ three losses to Maine predate World War I (1913-1915)

• Saturday, September 20, 2014, 1:00pm ET
• Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
• Long-range forecast: Mostly sunny, 67

Maine at Boston College: Initial Evaluation

The fans will be begging the Eagles not to fall into the trap — game, that is. Maine is decent for an FCS team, but the Eagles have a vast advantage in terms of talent and there is no excuse for them losing to a team like the Black Bears. Even the worst Eagles team in a generation in 2012 beat Maine.

One could have argued that USC had a significant talent advantage over the Eagles, but at least both are major-conference programs. Maine is not geared for this level of play; that is not a knock on them, but an objective fact.

The Eagles know that they can get half-way to bowl eligibility with a win, and this is the part of the schedule in which they need to rack up victories. The Trojans game was a huge surprise, but they cannot afford to undo all of their efforts with a stinker against the Black Bears.