The 2015 schedule is out, and once again Boston College football won’t leave the state in September due to a home-heavy early slate.
In 2014, BC didn’t have to leave Massachusetts for its first five games -- which included a season-opening road game at Gillette Stadium against UMass -- and turned that home cooking into a 3-2 start.
This time Steve Addazio’s Eagles will host their first four opponents, including College Football Playoff semifinalist Florida State in a Friday night matchup on Sept. 18 (on ESPN or ESPN 2).
BC won’t hit the road until October, when it travels from Chestnut Hill to Durham, North Carolina, to play Duke on Oct. 3.
But the season’s second month includes three road games, with trips to Clemson and Louisville following the one to Duke. The Eagles won’t get a bye week until Week 11, rest not arriving until only two games remain.
The game immediately following that bye week might just be the one fans circle on their calendars, though. On Nov. 21, BC will play Notre Dame at Fenway Park (as the road team, since the Fighting Irish will be the home team through a clause in their stadium series contract).
In all, BC’s 2015 schedule includes eight games against bowl teams from 2014 (only Syracuse and Wake Forest didn’t qualify for the postseason; Maine and Howard are FCS opponents), five games against teams with nine or more wins, and three games against teams that finished last season in the AP Top 25.
The announcement had Eagles players excited, including junior running back Myles Willis and sophomore defensive back Kamrin Moore:
This 2015 schedule got me amped !!!!!!
— Kamrin Moore (@Kvmrin) January 29, 2015