Boston College and Army have just one combined win in 2012, and both teams will be hoping for a rare victory.
The Eagles convincingly beat Maine but failed to earn a win in difficult matchups with Miami (FL), Northwestern and Clemson.
Army has started 0-4, and after a week off, it will look to improve vastly on its last performance in which the Black Nights lost 23-3 to Stony Brook.
Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming matchup.
Where: Michie Stadium, West Point, N.Y.
When: Saturday, October 6, 12 p.m. ET
Watch: CBS Sports Network
Live Stream: GoArmySports.com
Betting Line: Boston College -10 (according to Sports Book)
Boston College Injury Report (via USA Today)
Bryan Davis—junior defensive lineman is questionable with a leg injury.
Kasim Edebali—junior defensive end is questionable with a shoulder injury.
Tahj Kimble—sophomore running back is questionable with a leg injury.
Kaleb Ramsey—senior defensive tackle is questionable with a leg injury.
Mike Naples—junior tight end is questionable with a back injury.
Harris Williams—sophomore guard is out indefinitely with a foot injury.
Al Lousi-Jean Jr.—sophomore defensive back is out indefinitely with a foot injury.
Army Injury Report (via USA Today)
Terry Baggett—sophomore running back is out indefinitely with a knee injury.
BCS/Top 25 Poll Implications
It will take a string of wins and an upset over a ranked team for either of these teams to move into the Top 25 poll. At this point in the season, that seems extremely unlikely.
What They’re Saying
The Boston Globe’s Julian Benbow believes that despite head coach Frank Spaziani’s history of coaching competitive defenses, that side of the ball is an area of concern for BC this year:
Under Spaziani, the Eagles have never been lower than fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring defense…
But a quarter of the way through the 2012 season, the Eagles are giving up 27.8 points and 436 yards per game, fourth worst in the conference in both categories. Their four sacks are a conference low. Opponents are converting nearly half of their third-down attempts, and they’ve given up seven touchdowns in the red zone.
The Associated Press, via the Washington Post, noted that Army needs to adjust its expectations after its previous defeat:
Put any talk of a winning season maybe capped by a bowl appearance on hold for now. Army simply needs to win a game.
With a visit by Boston College looming next week, Army fell 23-3 in its first meeting with Stony Brook on Saturday, falling victim to the Seawolves in their landmark first victory over a Football Bowl Subdivision school.
Boston College Player to Watch: Alex Amidon, Wide Receiver
Amidon has been the Eagles’ most potent weapon in the passing game this season. The junior has 33 receptions for 559 yards and three touchdowns.
It has been a breakout year for Amidon, and he has already eclipsed the yardage total he had recorded in the first two years of his college career. He will keep his success rolling against Army.
Army Player to Watch: Raymond Maples, Running Back
The Black Knights have only attempted 28 passes this season, and the team wins its games on the ground. Maples has been the most productive running back this season with 487 yards on 70 carries.
But he has only reached the end zone once this season. If Maples can move the ball and score touchdowns, it will help Army’s quest to pull off an upset.
Key Matchup: Boston College Front Seven vs. Army Rushing Attack
The Eagles are coming off a game against Clemson in which they allowed 209 rushing yards and three touchdowns. The defense has been a problem for Boston College this season.
If Army’s ground game is able to consistently move the ball, it will eat up the clock and limit the amount of opportunities that the Eagles have to stay in the game.
Key Storyline: Boston College in the ACC
If the Eagles are unable to get a win in this game, it will be a massive hit to their confidence as they head into consecutive road games against Florida State and Georgia Tech.
The team faces the scary possibility of starting ACC play 0-4, and it is unlikely it would be able to climb out of that hole to salvage the season.
Prediction: Boston College 17, Army 14
Army will play well in front of the home crowd but will lose in a close game.