Maine at Boston College: 5 Big Questions

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Sep 13, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston College Eagles line backer Matt Milano (28) reacts after sacking Southern California Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler (not pictured) during the third quarter at Alumni Stadium. The Boston College Eagles won 37-31. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Maine at Boston College: 5 Big Questions — #2

What’s a realistic goal for the Boston College defense this week?

Considering that Maine has had serious trouble moving against other FCS teams, it is not out of reason to suggest that the Eagles might get a shutout and/or hold Maine to under 200 yards of total offense.

Now, sixteen tackles for a loss like against USC is probably asking for a little too much, as that is difficult to do on a regular basis, but the Black Bears visually look to be deficient on the offensive side of the football.

The Eagles giving up, say, 20 points and 300 or more yards to Maine would actually be very bad, even though they would most likely still win the game. On the other hand, hoping for the shutout in football is not something upon which a fan can count.

Realistic best-case expectations for this game on the part of the Eagles defense probably look like this:

  • 10 points or less allowed
  • 175-225 yards allowed
  • Few third-down conversions

If only they could all theoretically be so easy.