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Previewing The Boston College Eagles (Backing The Pack)
With a legion of freshmen in place of those departed contributors, the degradations are what you see in the table, and the result is an offense that ranks 278th in OE. They've actually gotten a little better at the defensive end this season, and the fact that they are so drastically worse off overall says enough about the nose dive taken at the offensive end. This team has only eclipsed a point per possession three times all year. It's possible to survive with a middling shooting percentage, but not with those turnover and rebound rates.

Noting ACC Men's Basketball: January 17 (TheACC.com)
For the second straight game, freshman Dennis Clifford led all scorers with 15 points as Boston College edged visiting Virginia Tech in Saturday's ACC game ... Clifford has scored 10-or-more points in six of his last seven games and over that span is averaging 14.8 points and 6.0 rebounds ... sophomore Matt Humphrey added 14 points against the Hokies, and his eight rebounds were a season high ... with 12 points against Virginia Tech, freshman Ryan Anderson scored in double figures for the third time in four games ... after winning back-to-back ACC games at home, the Eagles are set to travel to NC State on Thursday night.

ACC basketball, Roy Williams: Chaos reigns in ACC basketball less than three weeks into league play (dailypress.com)
Boston College lost to Holy Cross, Boston University and Rhode Island. After home wins over Clemson and Virginia Tech, Boston College owns the ACC's second-longest active winning streak: 2 games.

Football

NFL Draft Early Entries: Teams Hit Hardest (Phil Steele)
Baylor and Boston College lost two of the most important players to any one team in Baylor’s Heisman Winner QB Robert Griffin III and Boston College’s Nagurski winner LB Luke Kuechly. Other schools that lost multiple players included: Arizona St (2), Boston College (2), Michigan St (2), South Carolina (2), USC (2) and Virginia Tech (2).

CB Donnie Fletcher To Participate In Senior Bowl (BCEagles.com)
"We're excited to see Donnie perform in front of the NFL's top decision makers here at the Senior Bowl," Senior Bowl President and CEO Steve Hale said. "He's certainly earned this opportunity and we're confident he'll make the most of it."

Mark Herzlich on Twitter @MarkHerzlich
Follow @NFLPABowl my ex-teammate Max Halloway is playing in the game.

Hockey

No. 4 WIH Ties No. 7 Northeastern, 1-1, Hockey East Lead Up For Grabs (BCEagles.com)
The top two teams in the Hockey East, No. 4 Boston College and No. 7 Northeastern, battled to a 1-1 tie on Tuesday night at Kelley Rink, leaving the league’s regular-season title up for grabs with eight games to play. The Eagles (16-6-2, 9-2-2 WHEA) sit atop the standings with the Huskies (15-5-2, 9-2-2 WHEA), as both programs have 20 points, but own the tie-breaker having taken the series with a 2-0-1 record this year.

Ratings Roundup Week 14 (BCEagles.com)
After defeating New Hampshire at home, 4-2, and blanking Vermont on the road, 3-0, the Boston College women’s ice hockey team retained its No. 4 ranking in the USCHO poll, but fell to No. 5 on the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll this week.

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