In his weekly press conference, Boston College Eagles head football coach Steve Addazio talked about the upcoming game against the Clemson Tigers, and his wish for an energetic crowd for the Homecoming festivities.
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Interested parties may watch the coach’s press conference from yesterday here.
This is Homecoming weekend at Boston College, a tradition revived only recently. It also happens to feature the biggest remaining home game on the Eagles’ schedule this season against Clemson, a ranked team and noted ACC rival.
How can any of us forget the atmosphere at Alumni Stadium last month when the Eagles defeated USC; no doubt, the coach and players want to try to replicate that atmosphere as much as possible to help bring the team over the finish line.
"We’ll need everybody here. It’ll be a heck of an atmosphere; I hope we have a great crowd.Steve Addazio (Addazio Speaks to Media About Clemson, BCEagles.com)"
So much in football these days is momentum, and the Eagles will be looking for it on Homecoming Saturday as they seek to go 5-2. That, by the way, will not be easy, and Addazio knows it.
In fact, the coach was extremely complimentary towards the Tigers defense.
"I will tell you that after watching Clemson right now … in my career — predominantly in the SEC — I haven’t seen a defense like this since we played Alabama in the  SEC Championship Game. This is the most dominant defense I have seen. Period.Steve Addazio (Addazio Speaks to Media About Clemson, BCEagles.com)"
High praise for the Tigers, and it is not necessarily misplaced. We have spoken here about how good Clemson’s defense is, and that it may be the best they will see all season. Boston College’s rushing game in particular will have to be as forceful and creative as ever to try to generate plays, especially given how well they have done against the run (amongst other things).
Addazio also puts little stock into the loss of quarterback Deshaun Watson, noting that Cole Stoudt, Clemson’s original starter, is a good player who will create trouble for the Eagles when they are on defense.
Yet, the coach had equal amounts of praise for his own team, particularly in their victory over NC State. He knows what is at stake and what it will take to beat Clemson.
"I would say you’re going to see us again really going after it in terms of being aggressive. If you’re second-and-10 a lot, you’re going to have a long day at the office. You’re putting your defense back on the field. In there, you’re trying to find that mix. We’re gaining a little more confidence in that area. We’re going to keep pushing it.Steve Addazio (Addazio Speaks to Media About Clemson, BCEagles.com)"
The above quote was in specific reference to the passing offense, meaning we can expect to see Boston College do more of what worked against NC State with regards to mixing the playcalling. Of course, Clemson is not NC State, and the Eagles’ execution will have to be nearly flawless to get anything done against this defense.