I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend. I know I did. The only thing that could have made it better was a BC football win on Saturday. But as upset as I was about some of the playcalling down the stretch, it's hard not to be proud of where the Eagles are now compered to where they were a year ago. To the links:
Eagles dare to dream (Boston Herald)
"We took the No. 3 team in the country and went toe to toe, but we just let it get away from us," Eagles coach Steve Addazio said. "I love our team, I love our players, I love their fight and I love their will. But I refuse to take solace in losing a football game. We are getting better and we are fighting a lot."
Clemson Tigers weather Boston College Eagles storm to win (ESPN ACC Blog)
Make no mistake. Boston College is a vastly improved team from a season ago thanks to coach Steve Addazio, who has completely changed the culture in Chestnut Hill. The Eagles play with a physicality that has been missing for years, a physicality that also flummoxed Florida State several weeks ago.
ACC Power Rankings: Week 7 (ESPN)
9. Boston College (3-3; 1-2; LW: No. 9). The Eagles played Clemson and Florida State tough this year, but coach Steve Addazio takes little solace in moral victories. Still, Boston College has shown it is not a walkover opponent any longer. Its physical brand of football should keep the Eagles in contention for a bowl spot in the second half of the season.
#5 Boston College now has a bye week before traveling to Chapel Hill to take on North Carolina. They can absolutely leave with a victory. They are capable of winning each individual game on the remainder of their schedule. I believe Addazio will find a way take this team bowling in year one.
#5? They're just trying to feel better about losing #TheRivalry, right?
Even Boston College, a program that has won just six games in the past two seasons, has earned respect under first-year coach Steve Addazio. Nobody has played Atlantic Division heavyweights FSU and Clemson tougher than the Eagles, who have adopted their new coach's blue-collar work ethic and passion. The Eagles have proven to be a fundamentally sound, well-coached team intent on running the ball first, and Clemson was lucky to escape with a win on Saturday night.
Yes, even BC....
Reranking the ACC's top 10 players (ESPN ACC Blog)
5. RB Andre Williams, Boston College. Previous ranking: Not ranked. Williams has been the biggest surprise this season, as he leads the ACC with an average of 139.7 yards per game. That average ranks him No. 6 in the nation.
Scott Shafer Tries to Start ACC "Civil War" Following Win Over NC State (Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician)
Yeah whatevs, guys. #HipsterBC has been doing this since 2005.
BC Basketball Update (Jon Rothstein at CBS) (Fanpost by Brable on BC Interruption)
I didn't see a mention of this on the main site and figured I'd share the tweets by CBS College Basketball writer Jon Rothstein who visited BC's Practice the other day. This is a collection of tweets that are available on other sites like EO and can be found on Jon's Twitter.
SBNation College Hockey Power Rankings (SB Nation College Hockey)
6. Boston College (1-1-0) The Eagles took some untimely penalties and made some uncharacteristically undisciplined penalties Thursday night in Ann Arbor. Jerry York's team bounced back with a 7-2 pasting of RPI on Sunday afternoon. BC will host Wisconsin before playing two at Minnesota the following weekend.
Hockey East Wraparound: David Quinn era off to 2-0 start; BC drops 7 on RPI; Friars pick up impressive sweep; Upset of the Year? (WEEI)
After being held to one goal and 21 shots in a season-opening loss to Michigan on Thursday, the Boston College offense came to life in a big way on Sunday, dropping a seven-spot in a win over Rensselaer. Jerry York changed up all four lines, and something clearly clicked with the new groupings.
Boston College is fast. Michigan was fast; Boston College is still. Michigan has little bursts of fast. Boston College lives on it, and whenever you see them live it jumps off the ice. Boston College is fast. Get your back turned at the wrong time and throw the puck the wrong way in your defensive zone and you are in for a harrowing minute and a half as they swarm you, talons out.