ESPN.com ACC blogger Heather Dinich is starting a new series, looking at the key stretch of the upcoming season for each team in the conference.
The series starts with Boston College.
For Dinich, the most important part of the Eagles’ season will be from Oct. 22 to Nov. 12. In that period, the Eagles will play at Virginia Tech and Maryland, then host Florida State and NC State.
Analysis: The Eagles don’t get any break in the second half of the season, as they end the schedule with four of six games on the road, and the first four games following the Oct. 15 bye week will determine whether or not the Eagles are a contender for the Atlantic Division title. While the game at Virginia Tech won’t derail their hopes of winning the division title, it will affect BC’s overall record, confidence and momentum heading into three straight division games. If BC can upset the Hokies in Blacksburg, they’re suddenly a legitimate title team. A road trip to Maryland won’t be easy, but the home games against Florida State (Thursday night) and NC State will be the true test of where BC stands in the Atlantic Division.
While one could argue that other stretches are equally important -- the first two games (vs. Northwestern, @ UCF) and the last two games (@ Notre Dame, @ Miami) certainly pose good tests -- that’s as good a stretch as any.
So how will BC do in its key stretch?
Dinich sees it shaking out this way: Loss, win, loss, win.
She writes: “The Eagles go 2-2 during this key stretch and play the role of spoiler against NC State, but can’t muster enough to knock the Noles off their perch.”