The big college football news this Saturday was the release of the preseason AP Top 25. Five ACC teams landed in the poll, the most teams the conference has placed in the preseason 25 since the first year after BC joining the conference. Here are the five ACC teams in:
No. 10 Virginia Tech 973
No. 13 Miami Fla. 785
No. 16 Georgia Tech 511
No. 18 North Carolina 397
No. 20 Florida State 379
Clemson received just 15 votes while the Eagles received just 1 vote, which, if you're keeping track at home, puts BC in a three-way tie with UCF and Southern Methodist for 46th place.
It should really come as no surprise that Boston College is once again under-appreciated by the Associated Press. In fact, BC has been ranked in the preseason Top 25 just four times in program history -- in 1984 (19), 1993 (21), 1995 (22) and 2005 (22).
There's probably not another program in the country that demonstrates how meaningless preseason polls are than BC. While BC has only been ranked in the AP Top 25 four times in the preseason, the Eagles have found themselves on the final poll 14 times, the most recent being a Top 10 finish in 2007.
In only one season in program history have the Eagles not beaten the AP's preseason expectations. In 1995, the Eagles, coming off a 7-4-1 season, started the season ranked 22. BC would lose their opener to Ohio State in the Kickoff Classic and never recover, finishing the season at 4-8.
So BC once again gets no love in the preseason AP poll. The question is do you expect the Eagles to make the AP's Top 25 at season's end. And if so, where?