What To Expect From Boston College Vs. Wake Forest And The Big Finish

Jeff: Today we find out if our season remains interesting for a minimum of four more weeks-- @ Clemson, BYE, @ Virginia Tech, @ Maryland -- or if we can say on October 1st that BC has absolutely no chance of making a bowl. So, what do you think we'll see out of the Eagles this afternoon?

Brian: This program plays best when its back is up against the wall. I think you'll see a much more competitive game from the Eagles today, in contrast to our last home ACC game against Duke. As the Herald notes, Wake Forest QB Tanner Price has a very similar game to another former Wake QB in Riley Skinner.

"We played against Skinner for (four) years and now we have got his left-handed clone," said Spaziani. "Maybe it is him just throwing left-handed now."

The good news is that while Skinner was able to complete 2/3 of his passes against the Eagles defense over his four years (82-for-123, 836 yards), the BC D was able to force Skinner into plenty of mistakes over his career, including throwing 8 picks to just 5 TDs.

Similarly, last season, freshman Tanner Price threw for just 18-for-30 for 177 yards, zero TDs and four interceptions. Most importantly, the Eagles are 4-0 against the Demon Deacons in the last four games. Everyone likes to note how Grobe has BC's number, especially on trick plays and other offensive trickeration. But maybe, just maybe, it's Spaz that has Wake Forest QBs figured out. I'm expecting a big day from the Eagles D as they go up against a potent Wake Forest passing attack. I'm thinking we'll see a return to the opportunistic, ball-hawking BC D of old, despite all the losses in the secondary.

On the offensive side of the ball, it's going to come down to how the BC offensive line can execute and establish the run early. Aside from a few big rushes, the Eagles ground game has been grounded the first couple of games and I'm expecting big days out of Andre Williams, Deuce Finch and Montel Harris.

Overall, the fact that Spaz has had some success against Grobe-led offenses the past few years, combined with the fact that Wake Forest has been awful in ACC play away from home -- 8-16 since 2005, with half those wins coming in the 2006 ACC title season ... and 3 coming at Duke -- and I think we may ... may be treated to another Eagles' win today.

Jeff: Similar to what we talked about last week, is there any way you will be excited about BC football at the end of the day? If Clemson loses at Virginia Tech while BC beats Wake Forest, BC will be tied with basically everyone in the Atlantic Division. Maryland will be in first in the league but at this point no one expects them to still be there at the end of the season. BC will be with Clemson as the only teams 1-0 within the division. Of course BC will control its own destiny, but suddenly, if BC can win convincingly today, you can't rule out BC being a factor in the underperforming ACC Atlantic Division. What a difference two weeks can make, right?

Brian: Unless the Eagles win big today, I'm still not sure if I'll feel any better about this team than I do right now. While I have tons of respek for Jim Grobe and the Demon Deacons football program, I'm just not sold on this year's team. Beating down a hapless I-AA opponent and a hapless N.C. State squad by a touchdown isn't all that impressive. Fans can point to the fact that BC has lost to Northwestern (who has since lost to Army), and UCF (FIU), and Duke (Richmond), but Wake's early season track record is equally unimpressive in my opinion. This is a game the Eagles should win -- especially considering it's at home, on Parents' Weekend -- but not one that is going to give me enough reason for optimism that BC can compete for an Atlantic Division crown this season.

Big Finish

Brian: Chase Rettig thinks this team needs a ton of swagger today. Does the Eagles signal caller get what he wants out of this team against Wake? 

Jeff: I think the team can feel what they're capable of more than fans and media and should be confident in today's game.

 

Jeff: We all know trick plays are coming but fortunately BC is preparing for them. How many TDs off of unorthodox Wake Forest play calls do the Deacons tally today?

Brian: Zero. Wake shouldn't have to resort to trick plays to score on this defense.

 

Brian: A 3-4-2 N.C.  State men's soccer squad knocked off 13th ranked BC last night down in Raleigh. Should we consider this the men's soccer equivalent of a WTF loss?

Jeff: Yep, at least it was on the road?

 

Jeff: BC is 17-7 at home in conference while Wake Forest is 8-16. History is on BC's side, but we also lost to Duke this season so all bets are off, right?

Brian: Yes, all bets are off. Like Spaz said following Kevin Rogers departure, "expect the unexpected."

 

Brian: The Oklahoman notes the Spaz's coaching seat is getting a little warmer each week. What are the chances, right now, that this is Spaz's last season coaching on the Heights?

Jeff: As of right this second, pretty good. A 2 or 3 win season is a very real possibility at this moment. BC has not had to even think about that type of season in 13 years.

 

Jeff: Since it is Parents' weekend at the Heights, what is your best BC memory while watching with a parent?

Brian: Watching the 2001 BC hockey team win the National Championship in OT over North Dakota on TV with my family, while you guys ended up lost in Newton celebrating.

 

Brian: Last one. Prediction time. Everyone's now made a prediction but you. Who you got? What's the final score?

Jeff: BC wins today. Offense continues to improve and dominates time of possession. BC 23, Wake Forest 14.

 

Pick 5

Brian: I stole back honors last week going 4-1 on the week but am still just 8-12 on the season. Jeff leads by 2 games, currently at .500 (10-10).

Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Boston College Eagles (-1)
Clemson Tigers (+7) at Virginia Tech Hokies
Alabama Crimson Tide (-4) at Florida Gators
Northwestern Wildcats (+10) at Illinois Fighting Illini
Kentucky Wildcats at LSU Tigers (-30.5)

Jeff: Brian made some great picks (for once) so he didn't leave me many prime choices to choose from.

Air Force Falcons at Navy Midshipmen (-3.5)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (-10) at N.C. State Wolfpack
Washington Huskies at Utah Utes (-10)
Auburn Tigers (+10.5) at South Carolina Gamecocks
North Carolina Tar Heels (-6.5) at East Carolina Pirates

ATL's (1-3) "lock of the week" is Rutgers at Syracuse (-1.5), so you can be sure the Orange will pull out a 1 point victory at home. #ACCSolidarity

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