Boston College at NC State: 5 Big Questions

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Sep 27, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Colorado State Rams wide receiver

Charles Lovett

(4) catches the game winning touchdown pass behind Boston College Eagles defensive back

Bryce Jones

(17) and defensive back

Dominique Williams

(9) with just over a minute to go during the second half of Colorado State

Boston College at NC State: 5 Big Questions
3.) What’s with Boston College’s roller-coaster approach to football games?

If you don’t know what we mean by this, observe:

  • Week 1: Flat first half against UMass, dominant second half.
  • Week 2: Flat entire game against Pittsburgh.
  • Week 3: Impressive (almost) entire game against USC.
  • Week 4: Flat first half against Maine, dominant second half.
  • Week 5: Dominant first half against Colorado State, flat second half.

From half to half, we do not even know which Boston College team is going to come out of the tunnel. It could be the team that stunned USC on national television or the one that could not get out of its own way against the Rams two weeks later.

This is in part a product of the construction of the roster, in which Boston College has several positions where depth is very limited, and also in part coaching. Sometimes Boston College fixes their mistakes, and sometimes they don’t.

What we have here is a team that is roughly average, widely presumed to be in a rebuilding year, trying to scrape together a trip to a bowl. So far, they are capable of good things in flashes and occasionally do bad things in spurts, but like Jerry Seinfeld in the opposites episode, everything seems to even out and Boston College corrects back to the mean.