Boston College Football: Who Will Be The Eagles' Week 2 Opponent In 2013?

Jared Wickerham

Scheduling mad libs.

The Stony Brook Seawolves will visit the Heights to kick off the 2013 season on Saturday, August 31. But who will the Eagles' face in week 2? Barring some unforeseen juggling of the non-conference schedule, Boston College will face either an ACC opponent in week 2. Or the dreaded BYE week, one of two off weeks on next season's schedule.

Out of the ACC Atlantic Division, it won't be Clemson. The Tigers are scheduled to play South Carolina State a week after hosting the Georgia Bulldogs in Death Valley. It won't be Maryland either. The Terps are scheduled to play Old Dominion, a school that starting playing Division I football in 2009 after shelving football entirely for more than 60 seasons. And it won't be N.C. State, who faces I-AA Richmond. ACC Atlantic newcomer Syracuse is at Northwestern that weekend, so the Orange are out too.

That leaves two potential ACC Atlantic Division opponents for the weekend of September 7 -- Wake Forest and Florida State. Wake Forest still needs a non-conference game to complete the 2013 schedule, with the I-AA game against Presbyterian (fear the Blue Hose!) still TBA, but currently 9/7 is an open date. Florida State faces I-AA Wofford on 8/31 but waits until 9/21 to play its next non-conference opponent in Nevada. The Seminoles final two non-conference matchups fall at the end of the 2013 schedule -- November 23 vs. Idaho and November 30 at Florida.

Both of the Eagles' 2013 Coastal Division opponents are out too. Virginia Tech hosts I-AA Western Carolina in week 2, while North Carolina hosts Middle Tennessee State.

Naturally, the goal is to get off to as fast a start as possible under first year coach Steve Addazio. So the preferred week two opponent has to be Wake Forest, right? Having one of two BYE weeks happen as early as week 2, and following a home game against Stony Brook, probably isn't the preferred schedule for BC.

Updated scheduling mad libs:

8/31 - Stony Brook

9/7 - Florida State / Wake Forest / BYE
9/14 - @ USC
9/21 - @ Clemson / N.C. State / @ North Carolina / @ Syracuse / BYE
9/28 - @ Clemson / Florida State / @ Maryland / N.C. State / @ Syracuse / Wake Forest / BYE

10/5 - Army
10/12 - @ Clemson / Florida State / @ Maryland / N.C. State / N.M. State / @ Syracuse / Wake Forest / Virginia Tech / BYE
10/19 - @ Clemson / Florida State / @ Maryland / N.C. State / @ North Carolina / @ Syracuse / Wake Forest / Virginia Tech / BYE
10/26 - @ Clemson / Florida State / @ Maryland / N.C. State / N.M. State / @ North Carolina / @ Syracuse / Wake Forest / Virginia Tech / BYE

11/2 - @ Clemson / Florida State / @ Maryland / N.C. State / @ North Carolina / @ Syracuse / Wake Forest / Virginia Tech / BYE
11/9 - @ Clemson / Florida State / @ Maryland / N.C. State / N.M. State / @ North Carolina / @ Syracuse / Wake Forest / Virginia Tech / BYE
11/16 - @ Clemson / Florida State / @ Maryland / N.C. State / N.M. State / @ North Carolina / @ Syracuse / Wake Forest / Virginia Tech / BYE
11/23 - @ Maryland / N.C. State / New Mexico State / @ North Carolina / @ Syracuse / Wake Forest / Virginia Tech / BYE
11/30 - @ Maryland / N.C. State / @ North Carolina / @ Syracuse / Virginia Tech / BYE

Wild, highly uneducated mid-January guess:

8/31 - Stony Brook

9/7 - Wake Forest
9/14 - @ USC
9/21 - BYE
9/28 - N.C. State

10/5 - Army
10/12 - @ Clemson
10/19 - @ North Carolina
10/26 - Virginia Tech

11/2 - BYE
11/9 - Florida State
11/16 - New Mexico State
11/23 - @ Maryland
11/30 - @ Syracuse

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