Linked to the Heights, Oct. 14: Boston College Football 4th in ACC Atlantic?

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Oct 11, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Boston College Eagles head coach Steve Addazio talks to his players during the first half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Carter Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Following the losses of several key players, the Boston College Eagles were not expected to contend in the ACC Atlantic this season.

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In fact, not only were they expected to fail to contend, the conventional wisdom (outside of Boston College) was that the Eagles would take a large step backwards, most likely failing to make a bowl game.

With the Eagles at 4-2 and 1-1 in the conference, no, they are not going to win the ACC Atlantic, but some are pegging the Eagles in the middle of the pack.

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The author had some nice things to say about Boston College’s Tyler Murphy, but what matters most in this piece is where their writers project the Eagles to land.

All four of their staff writers are forecasting a fourth-place finish in the ACC Atlantic this season. For the record, the Eagles were fourth last season on the tiebreaker, and could have been the third-place team if not for their last-minute woes at Syracuse.

They did not say as much, but finishing fourth in this division would probably mean at least two more wins, and therefore bowl eligibility. Not a bad turnaround for a team that got panned by the critics prior to the start of the season.