Boston College Football: How Experienced Are They?

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 03: Kain Colter #2 of the Northwestern Wildcats scrambles as Dominic Appiah #95 of the Boston College Eagles defends on September 3, 2011 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Fans, casual observers and blogs have picked up on one of Frank Spaziani's talking points last season when he talked about his team's struggles: inexperience. It was a constant, and even this spring he brought it up when he spoke with Sirius XM about the upcoming season. But how inexperienced are the BC Eagles this season?

Phil Steele, who is a wealth of college football knowledge, broke down the amount of lettermen who left each program after the 2011 season, and came up with a percentage to see what programs have the highest and lowest percentage coming back for the upcoming season. The top of the list included programs such as University Texas San Antonio, Florida, Western Kentucky, and Stanford. At the very bottom of the list was Navy who have only 2 returning lettermen next season, followed by USC and North Texas. At #32, Boston College.

Let's see where BC falls compared to their opponents next season:

Rank Team Returning Lost Percentage
11 Florida St. Seminoles 68 20 77%
16 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 53 16 76%
32 Boston College Eagles 40 15 72%
37 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 55 21 72%
42 Army Black Knights 57 23 71%
61 Northwestern Wildcats 58 26 69%
74 Clemson Tigers 48 24 66%
90 Maryland Terrapins 42 22 65%
93 Virginia Tech Hokies 43 23 65%
112 Miami Hurricanes 41 24 63%
118 N.C. State Wolfpack 31 21 59%
121 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 41 31 56%

As you can see BC is right up there in terms of experience next year. They have a higher percentage than all but two of their opponents. What does this mean? In terms of talent probably not a whole not, it's just raw numbers and those don't win and lose games. But what it does do is give solid proof to dispute Spaziani if he tries to play the "we are inexperienced" card again this season.

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