2011 Boston College Football: Northwestern Game Thread (Noon, ESPNU)

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Northwestern Wildcats (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. Boston College Eagles (0-0, 0-0 ACC)

What: 2011 Boston College football season opener
Time: Noon Eastern
Date: Saturday, September 3, 2011
Place: Chestnut Hill, Ma.
Stadium: Alumni Stadium (Open: 1957)
Capacity: 44,500
Surface: FieldTurf

TV: ESPNU
TV Announcers: Rob Stone (play-by-play) and Danny Kanell (analysis)
Radio: AM 850 WEEI or AM 680 WRKO. Can also be heard live on SIRIUS/XM Satellite Radio (channel 91).
Radio Announcers: Jon Meterparel, Pete Cronan, Brian St. Pierre

Spread: Boston College -3
Weather: Partly cloudy, high 80 degrees

Opponents Sites: Sippin' On PurpleLake The Posts

Excitement Level: 10 / 10 (FOOTBALL!!)

Series: Northwestern leads the all-time series 2-1.
First Meeting: Northwestern 45, Boston College 0 (Sep. 30, 1961)
Last Meeting: Northwestern 22, Boston College 21 (Sep. 18, 1993)
Last Meeting at Alumni Stadium: Boston College 49, Northwestern 0 (Sep. 12, 1992)

Trends: The Eagles have won seven straight season openers dating back to the 2004 season. However, BC is just 10-29-1 all-time vs. B1G Ten opponents. Pat Fitzgerald is 5-0 in Northwestern openers, beating heavyweights Vanderbilt (2010), Towson(FCS) (2009), Syracuse (2008), Northeastern (FCS) 2007 and Miami (OH) (2006). Northwestern is also 8-1 in its last nine non-conference games. Average margin of victory in the three previous BC-Northwestern games is 31 2/3 points. 

Predictions:

Brian: Boston College 20, Northwestern 13
Jeff: Boston College 22, Northwestern 17
BCHysteria: Boston College 28, Northwestern 17

And here. we. go.

Leave your pre-, in- and post-game comments below! Go Eagles!

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