Friday, October 8, 2010

Boston College at North Carolina State: Pick

Well, we all know what the situation is with the Boston College Eagles. They have lost consecutive games, with an average margin of defeat of 18.5 points. Also, in those two games, they scored an average of 6.5 points. Now we hear that freshman quarterback Chase Rettig, still dealing with an ankle injury from last weekend, is out against the NC State Wolfpack -- we have Dave Shinskie back in the driver's seat.

I've heard people say that this game is Frank Spaziani's "super bowl," and rumors have swirled that this is the game that he and his staff pull out all the stops to win above all others. It may be true; he gets to face his old boss and show him up if he wins. The dynamic seems to have completely changed this year, however, and it has broken in favor of TOB, who is currently 0-3 against Boston College.

NC State's only loss was last weekend in a total collapse against Virginia Tech, where the Wolfpack blew a 17-point lead and were outscored 34-13 in the second half (in fact, the Hokies scored more in the 4th quarter last week than BC has scored in their last two games -- food for thought). We all know what happened to BC against Notre Dame.

The fact of the matter remains that NC State has played much better than anyone expected, and, unlike BC, they have a capable quarterback who can move the ball down the field. Unless BC's defense plans on giving up zero points, the odds are stacked against them.

It pains me to have to pick TOB, but if I'm going to be as objective as I can, I must take NC State. Since this is, after all, "BC's Super Bowl," I think they'll give it everything they have, but with Shinskie running the show, and this offensive line just not looking good, it likely won't be enough. I feel like the Pack will win by a touchdown but it could certainly be more. I would love to be wrong, but we have the conference's worst offense; I am not hopeful.

Hockey article coming this weekend, as the season begins tomorrow night on the road at Northeastern.

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