With the 2013 college football season rapidly approaching, fans are craving any and every taste of what is to come in what should be an invigorating year. As we inch closer to the action kicking off on August 29, I'll release schedule analysis for a new ACC school every other day. For now, let's take a look at the Boston College Eagles:
Aug. 31 - Villanova
Sept. 6 - Wake Forest
Sept. 14 - at Southern California
Sept. 21 - Open
Sept. 28 - Florida State
Oct. 5 - Army
Oct. 12 - at Clemson
Oct. 19 - Open
Oct. 26 - at North Carolina
Nov. 2 - Virginia Tech
Nov. 9 - at New Mexico State
Nov. 16 - N.C. State
Nov. 23 - at Maryland
Nov. 30 - at Syracuse
It seems like a lifetime ago when Boston College was a consistently solid program piling up bowl appearances year after year. Now, after collecting only six wins over the last two seasons, the team is in the hands of new head coach Steve Addazio, who will attempt to steer the ship back in the right direction.
For a school that finished 2-10 just a year ago, that won't be an easy task with six road games in 2013. The Eagles also face the burden of playing Florida State and Virginia Tech in Chestnut Hill, where the atmosphere in recent years has been far from hostile.
Chase Rettig does provide reason for optimism, though, and Alex Amidon comes back as a player with both experience and all-conference talent. Whether or not that's enough will determine if this team is destined to be bowl-bound at season's end.
Boston College surpasses 2012's win total in just five games after Addazio coaches his team to wins over Villanova and Temple, just like he did last year at Temple. In addition, Rettig serves as the glue to the offense while new faces at receiver become acclimated to game-day action.
Steele DiVitto leads a defense that brings back most of its starters, and Addazio's aggressive approach breathes some life into this team. More importantly, leadership plays a role in the team's success, and the remaining four-year players from the 2010 class make this a tough veteran group.
Despite the seniors who step up, the lack of depth and talent prevents this group from competing for an Atlantic Division title. However, winning games at both Maryland and Syracuse take this team a long way, and the Eagles are bowling once again with an 8-4 record.
The lack of depth on this team haunts Boston College throughout the year, and with few options in the receiving corps, defenses key in on Amidon and shut down the Eagles passing game. Because of this, Andre Williams is unable to do much on the ground, and the Eagles struggle to put up points.
Because of a 2-4 start, morale is low at the midway point of the season, and the Eagles lose motivation after a seventh loss against N.C. State that knocks them out of bowl contention. The team limps its way to Maryland and Syracuse but can't steal a win from either one.
Three wins on the year is better than last season, but it still leaves Addazio with a disappointed fanbase.
Win three of the first five, and find a way to beat your division opponents not named Florida State and Clemson. If Boston College can do these two things, it will not only earn the team a bowl bid, but it will give this group an excellent shot at winning seven or eight games.
Winning three of the four non-conference matchups shouldn't be too difficult, and if Rettig has another 3,000-yard season, it's possible that this team could win three out of Syracuse, Maryland, N.C. State and Wake Forest.
No matter what happens, expect Boston College to be a better football team in 2013.
Also check out:
Schedule analysis for Wake Forest
Schedule analysis for NC State
Schedule analysis for Maryland
Schedule analysis for Syracuse
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