This week, we’re examining each ACC team’s schedule, identifying the biggest games, looming upsets and most grueling stretches for each.
Up next: Boston College Eagles
As Steve Addazio delved into the Boston College program and appraised it during interviews for the job in 2012, he thought he was inheriting a team requiring a five-year rebuild. This is year No. 5 for Addazio, though three of the first four seasons ended with bowl appearances. With the Eagles’ athletic director stepping down before the season, there will be pressure on Addazio to once again reach a bowl game.
The setup of Boston College’s schedule is pretty favorable for the Eagles. Florida State and Louisville do come within a three-game stretch, but Virginia is there in the middle to break it up (more on that later). With Wake Forest constantly improving and Notre Dame unlikely to repeat last season’s 4-8 face plant, this early portion of the schedule marks the toughest swing. Don’t let name recognition fool you -- the Demon Deacons are a solid team. Optimism persists Brandon Wimbush is the next great Notre Dame quarterback. And Clemson is the reigning national champion.
Potential trap game: Oct. 21 at Virginia
So though Virginia was just dismissed as the reason that September stretch instead was deemed the toughest, it doesn’t mean the Eagles already can mark the Virginia game as a win. Boston College isn’t in good enough shape to consider any Saturday as an easy win at this point. As a member of the Atlantic Division, there are a lot of must-win games for the Eagles if they want to get to the postseason.
Swing game: Sept. 1 at Northern Illinois
Despite that it’s against a MAC team, the opener is a swing game. It’s a road trip for the Eagles, who narrowly beat NIU two seasons ago in a home environment. The Huskies got better over the course of last season, and these are big games for them and the MAC. For Boston College to reach a bowl game, it will likely need to go 3-1 against nonconference teams.
Projected W-L: Does Addazio have an answer at quarterback? He’s confident in his offensive line and tight ends, but does he have a signal-caller on the roster capable of leading the team to a win? Until the Eagles find that player, they’re going to struggle. Four or five wins is a sensible projection.