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Sep 20, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston College head coach Steve Addazio talks to his players during the first half against Maine at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

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The 3 Biggest X-Factors for Boston College vs. Clemson
Bleacher Report (Zach Gilliland)

The article is titled “x-factors for Boston College vs. Clemson,” though it lists Clemson’s x-factors against Boston College. It still makes perfectly valid points.

Cole Stoudt’s performance does figure to have a lot to do with which team wins or loses, though the team’s defense doing well as per usual is a much bigger factor. If Boston College is able to do what most teams could not — figure out the Clemson defense — it will probably be a very good day for the Eagles and their chances of winning.

Tigers special teams could be a factor as well, but if we’re going to be honest with ourselves, Boston College specials is just as much of an x-factor. If Mike Knoll is not kicking, there is no guarantee of making it, and coverage has been spotty. That unit could make or break either team.

Midseason Honor Roll
The ACC (Rich Cirminiello)

Not surprisingly, the author names Boston College’s big win over the USC Trojans is the ACC’s “game of the first half.” Why not? It was the biggest non-conference triumph for the conference, possibly to be displaced if Florida State is successful on Saturday night.

Grad student offensive lineman Andy Gallik was also named to the faux ACC midseason team.

Ohio’s Kuechly one of NFL’s top defensive players
Chillicothe Gazette (C. Trent Rosecrans)

Luke Kuechly has rightly taken his place amongst the best players in the NFL since leaving Boston College in 2011.

I will personally never tire of reminding the people who doubted him, saying that Kuechly was the only decent player on a bad team and his tackle totals were over-inflated. Those people never watched him, because if they had, they would know that is not true.