CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 03: Chase Rettig #11 of the Boston College Eagles looks to pass in the first half against the Northwestern Wildcats on September 3, 2011 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
College Football News has recently published its post-spring Top 124. Interesting to see where Boston College's 2012 opponents fall in the countdown, but first let's get to what the CFN staff had to say about the Eagles chances this season.
Coming in at #79 ...
Will being plucky be enough? The team will be better but the record might not necessarily show it. The Eagles won't have RB Montel Harris, booting the offensive star from the team this offseason, but the backs are in place to once again pick up the slack. The passing game is experienced with Chase Retting getting his top targets back. Even without LB Luke Kuechly eight starters return to a defense that was a rock against the run, but has to start getting into the backfield. The schedule isn't exactly a breeze even Northwestern and Notre Dame on the non-conference slate, and there's a brutal stretch of four road games in five weeks, and five in seven weeks, before closing out with Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, and a trip to NC State.
Overall, CFN has the Eagles pegged for five wins, 5-7 overall and bowl ineligible for the second consecutive season. You can start to guess where CFN sees those wins coming against by checking in on where BC's 2012 opponents fall in the countdown.
NR Maine Black Bears
98. @ Army Black Knights (Roughly Projected Record: 5-7)
74. Maryland Terrapins (5-7)
67. @ Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-6)
54. Miami Hurricanes (5-7)
50. @ Northwestern Wildcats (6-6)
36. Clemson Tigers (7-5)
30. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-5)
26. @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (8-4)
24. @ N.C. State Wolfpack (9-3)
15. Virginia Tech Hokies (10-2)
9. @ Florida St. Seminoles (10-2)
A total of five wins is likely some combination of Maine, Army, Maryland, Miami and either at Wake Forest or at Northwestern. I doubt CFN has the Eagles pegged for knocking off any of the teams ranked in the Top 30 (and there are a lot of opponents ranked in the Top 30 this season).