Sep 13, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston College Eagles fans rush the field after the Boston College Eagles defeated the Southern California Trojans 37-31 at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Maine at Boston College: 5 Big Questions — #4
Admiral Ackbar Alert: Is it a trap?
By definition, yes. In practice, probably not.
If you have read the pregame preview articles of the Black Bears these last couple days, Maine is not a good team when put against FBS opposition. Their numbers have been meek against FCS opponents on offense, and their defensive numbers were inflated by how bad those teams were.
Many things would have to go wrong for Boston College in order to lose this game, but we should not pretend that they can’t lose. For example, against UMass on August 30, it was a one-score game at the half in spite of the fact that the Eagles vastly outgained the Minutemen. Luckily for that, that game turned out fine, but you never know what could happen if you give the other team a little bit of confidence.
Boston College looks like, and probably is, a superior team to Maine in every conceivable measure. That does not mean they are not prone to a letdown. Maine does not offer a great deal in terms of talent, but this is their only FBS game this season and they will hope and pray the Eagles look past them while trying to get some good things going of their own.
Not that Steve Addazio will let them, but the Eagles cannot lose focus, because stranger things have happened in football than Maine perhaps winning at Alumni Stadium.