2008 Boston College Eagles College Football Predictions
2008 Boston College Eagles College Football Predictions Courtesy of Alex Smart, A Professional College Football Handicapper featured on Touthouse.com. If you are betting college football this season be sure to buy Alex’s Expert college football picks.
Boston College Eagles (11-3, 6-2 in 2007, 1st place in ACC Atlantic)
Any time you have to replace the captain of your football team, you’re going to have difficulties. When that guy also happened to be your quarterback and the #3 overall pick in the NFL Draft, it’s even harder. With Matt Ryan now the face of the Atlanta Falcons, that’s the challenge that HC Jeff Jagodzinski faces this year with his Boston College Eagles.
2007 Highlight: Trailing 10-0 with 4:00 remaining in their game in Blacksburg against #8 Virginia Tech, Ryan put the Eagles on his back and carried them to 14 unanswered points to knock off the Hokies 14-10. The win preserved the Eagles’ #2 ranking in the polls and had everyone in Chestnut Hill thinking about the BCS.
2007 Lowlight: The week after the emotional high of knocking off V-Tech, the Eagles came home to face Florida State. For the second straight week, BC found themselves down two scores late in the 4th quarter. Ryan got the Eagles within three points with just over 6:00 remaining, but threw an interception which was returned for a touchdown on their final meaningful drive that cost his team a chance at the National Championship and effectively knocked him out of the Heisman Trophy race. BC lost to FSU 27-17.
Offensive Outlook: The Eagles return six starters on offense from a year ago, but need to find replacements at the key positions of quarterback, running back, and right tackle. Senior QB Chris Crane will likely start under center, and will be helped by the return of three of the team’s top four receivers. Senior TE Ryan Purvis could have a massive year for BC after posting 54 catches for 553 yards and four touchdowns last year. The offense will only go as far as their running game takes them though, and true freshman RB Josh Haden is likely going to be the guy who needs to step up. Haden was the #3 rated running back prospect this year according to Rivals.com, and the frosh from Maryland must have an immediate impact for the offense to have any success.
Defensive Outlook: Unfortunately for Jagodzinski, his defense isn’t much more experienced than his offense. Only four starters remain from last year’s team which only allowed three opponents to score more than 21 points. If there’s a bright side, BC does possess one of the best linebacking corps in the nation but a very inexperienced secondary and defensive line will probably hamper their production. Watch out for DE Alex Albright, who posted a team-high 8.5 sacks a year ago.
2008 Preview: Thankfully, the non-conference schedule isn’t brutal, with home games against UCF, Rhode Island, and Notre Dame. That should give the Eagles enough leeway to let them reach another bowl game, but it probably won’t be as illustrious as the Champs Sports Bowl that they won last year. Finding wins in ACC play will be difficult, especially without Duke on the slate.
2008 will be a success if… Haden has a breakout freshman season. Expect to see him touch the ball quite a bit in both the running and passing game. If he can carry the load on offense, the Eagles will remain on the path towards another bowl game.
It was a magical run in ’07, but the Eagles won’t nearly enjoy as much success again this year.
Prediction: 6-6, 4th place in ACC Atlantic