Monday, October 5, 2009

Boston College football: Remaining schedule analysis

The college football regular season will be half-way over after this weekend (can you believe it?), and as it stands, the Eagles have seven games left to play.  There could be an eighth or ninth, as BC is just two wins short of being bowl-eligible and are in a first-place tie (again, can you believe it?).

In those remaining seven games, the Eagles face a grand total of one ranked team.  Only two of the other six, however, involve teams with overall losing records.  Four games are on the road while three are at Alumni Stadium.  Five are against ACC opponents. 

October 10: at #5 Virginia Tech
October 17: vs. NC State
October 24: at Notre Dame
October 31: vs. Central Michigan
November 14: at Virginia
November 21: vs. North Carolina
November 28: at Maryland

By far, the toughest game on that list is the one coming up on Saturday.  When I look at the schedule, I see a potential for at least three more wins, possibly more.  That would get the Eagles into bowl-eligibility, but are they capable of more?  Each and every one of those ACC games (perhaps with the exception of VT) looks winnable. 

It's still too early to make any definitive statements about where this Boston College team is, but if you ask yourself if a run at the Atlantic Division title is possible, then the answer is a definite yes.  This division is a trainwreck on stilts this year; Florida State was the presumptive pre-season favorite and they've been extremely inconsistent.  Clemson did a number on BC but then went on to lose two straight games and are now under .500 overall.  The Terps probably won't win too many conference games with the way they've played since the start, and NC State and Wake Forest are on roller-coaster rides as well.  The point I'm making here is that there is no favorite in the division right now, and Boston College is in as good a shape as anyone to win the title.

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