Even though Boston College entered the season with a new head coach in Steve Addazio, preseason expectations outside the program remained low. The Eagles had only won two games the previous year and were picked to finish last in the ACC Atlantic. But Boston College exceeded expectations, getting back to a bowl game for the first time since 2010 and completing the best turnaround in the ACC. The Eagles did it largely behind Andre Williams, whose 2,000-yard rushing season got him a trip to New York as a Heisman finalist. Boston College ended up ranking No. 20 in the nation in rushing offense, a year after ranking among the worst teams in that category.
Offensive MVP: Williams. The senior ended the season with 2,177 rushing yards, the fifth-best total in NCAA history, won the Doak Walker Award and finished fourth in Heisman voting. Williams’ season included four 100-yard games, four 200-yard games and one 300-yard game. He was a unanimous All-American.
Defensive MVP: Kevin Pierre-Louis. Pierre-Louis led the team and ranked tied for sixth in the ACC with 108 tackles, while also adding six sacks en route to first-team All-ACC honors from the media and the coaches. Kasim Edebali also deserves recognition, with 9.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss.
Best moment: Aside from having a Heisman finalist? Beating Virginia Tech. This was the best win of the season for the Eagles, one of just two against teams that finished the year above .500. Nobody gave BC much of a chance to win headed into the contest, but the defense forced four turnovers and Williams ran for 166 yards and two touchdowns in the 34-27 win.
Worst moment: The bowl game. The matchup between Williams and Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey was one of the most intriguing in bowl season. But Williams looked like his shoulder was still bothering him, and the Wildcats totally dominated the BC defense en route to a 42-19 victory in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl. Definitely not the way the Eagles wanted to end the season.