Sep 5, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston College Eagles running backMyles Willis
(23) returns a kickoff against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the second half at Alumni Stadium. Pitt won 30-20 over Boston College. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Colorado State at Boston College: 5 Big Questions — #1
How long can the Boston College rushing offense keep this up?
“This” being their massive overall performance so far, which has their run game as the fifth-most productive in the country with 336.25 yards per game.
A paraphrased quote from Tyler Murphy after the Maine game: Teams can’t stop the Eagles from running on them, so they’re going to keep doing it.
Now, turn your attention to Colorado State’s run defense so far this season, which did this in their three games:
- vs. Colorado: 134 yards allowed
- at Boise State: 324 yards allowed
- vs. UC-Davis: 179 yards allowed
Two acceptable games, one not-so-acceptable game. Boise State is an alright running team; not elite, but not bad, and maybe a tiny bit above average. Colorado is average there despite being a sub-par team overall, and UC-Davis doesn’t even count.
This is not much data to take into consideration, but also consider that their defensive line has upperclassmen all the way across, and their linebackers are equally experienced. Still, they have been pedestrian at stopping the run overall.
While it is not a done deal, there is a better chance than not that the Eagles are going to have a very good day on the ground given their commitment to the run and how dominating they have been here since the Pittsburgh game. A performance like Pitt would be a bit surprising.