Boston College Bye Week: 5 Big Questions

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Nov 1, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Boston College Eagles head coach Steve Addazio reacts with offensive lineman Jim Cashman (72) in the third quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Boston College Bye Week: 5 Big Questions — #4

Most people would probably now suspect this will be another 7-5 season. Is that a fair assessment? How should we feel about that?

There is no black and white answer to this question. Our perspectives have changed at several points during the year.

Prior to the start of the 2014 season, though all of us on Soaring to Glory picked bowl-eligibility for the Eagles, as did a majority of our readers in our summer poll, we would have taken it and been pleased. Considering that most “experts” slated Boston College for a down season as they recovered from the loss of Andre Williams, Alex Amidon, Kevin Pierre-Louis, et al., 7-5 would have seemed like vindication for believing in this team.

Then, after the win over USC, our sights were much higher, but the mood was dampened by a very disappointing loss to Colorado State, and a loss over Clemson in another game they well could have won. When Boston College became bowl-eligible after defeating Virginia Tech, though 6-3, some felt the team should have been 7-2 or even 8-1, en route to a possible 10 wins after a bowl game.

In the here and now, following the loss to Louisville, here we are again, looking at about 7-5. In one respect, this is fine, because the Eagles did not have a losing season or a big step back, but there is also little doubt they let at least one extra win slip away.

This has been a reasonably accomplished season so far, though not without its pitfalls.

Next: Question #3