So far, BC has a stellar recruiting class being complied. Darius Wade is coming at quarterback, Marcus Outlow at running back, Issac Yiadom at wide receiver (correct me if I'm wrong). Also, on defense, Connor Strachan and Harold Landry will anchor a great overall class. Along with other very solid recruits, the future is looking bright for BC football. However (this is solely my opinion), let me give you the case for why I think that BC will be more than many people might think.
It's 2017. Let's assume that most players have not declared for the NFL Draft. Lets assume that Wade is the starter and has been for nearly four years. Lets also assume that Outlow is ﬁnally ready to have a break out season as Myles Willis would have graduated. Lets assume that the BC defense is one of the best in the country, with great players like in previous seasons, similar to Mark Herzlich and Luke Keuchly and BJ Raji and Mike McLaughlin. Lets also assume that BC has had two very solid seasons, the 2015 and 2016 campaigns, cracking the top 25 a few times but never quite putting everything together and sustaining a ranking. Lets also assume that in 2016 BC loses the ACC Championship Game, and wins the Chick-Fil-A bowl to ﬁnish at 10-4. But still, they haven't quite had everything go quite their way. But now, it's the senior season for many great players, including Wade, Outlow, Strachan, Landry, Joe Vitiello, and Tevin Montgomery is a RS Senior. Many people expect BC to be good, but nothing more than maybe an 9-3 team. Again good, but not BCS good. But here's where you might accuse me of using some illegal drugs. But here we go. Here's my case for Boston College football winning the National Championship in the 2017-2018 season.
So far, BC has a solid recruiting class. Not an elite class, but very good, the best in a while at BC. Many teams (Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, Notre Dame, etc.) have "elite" recruiting classes thus far, reeling in the ﬁnest prospects in the country. And from my point of view, let them take those "elite" recruits, let them have everybody listed on the ESPN 300. Why am I saying that? Because that's just not what BC does. BC doesn't reel in these great recruits. What is BC great at doing? Finding diamond in the rough players, and transforming them into tough, winning teams. Now we have obviously have lost that identity over the past several seasons, but I believe that we are starting to regain that. As Doug Flutie has said, this season BC has grinded out the wins with a powerful running game. Just imagine what this team will be like in 4 years if we are already starting to regain some toughness through six games. It might not be on the offensive side of the ball, but the defense could be really gritty and tough. Also, with the playmakers that Addazio is getting and the offense that will ﬁnally take full form with the departure of Chase Rettig, the offense could be a well-oiled machine by 2017. Now we know that it can be possible for BC to reach the top of the polls. Who could forget Matt Ryan leading BC to number two in the polls in 2007 (Matt Ryan is also a prime example of a "diamond-in-the-rough" player; wasn't heavily recruited, a three star prospect, and ended up being the number three pick in the NFL Draft.) Obviously, BC faltered in two consecutive games to FSU and Maryland. That team had the talent, but couldn't ﬁnish the job. I think the team that is assembling has similar talent and abilities. I've seen Wade and Outlow play in person and goodness, they are great players. With proper coaching and other weapons surrounding them, they could be unstoppable.
In previous seasons (speciﬁcally Matt Ryan's playing years), they always had one loss that should have never happened and it ruined the chance of something special happening, including the 2006 loss at Wake Forest, 2007 loss to FSU, of even the 2004 loss to Syracuse. That was Matt Ryan's ﬁrst game and the ﬁrst I saw with my son, who was four at the time. I taught him a few new words about this "damned freshman who won't win sh*t for this team." That "damned freshman" led BC to the number two in the country three years later.
The same thing might happen next year. Wade could start and he might to a terrible or sub-par job and lose a bunch of games. However, by the time he (along with the rest of the 2014 class) will be seniors, I believe they will be seasoned, experienced and very sharp and proﬁcient on the ﬁeld. Also, assuming that Addazio is still head coach, he could make them one of the best BC teams we've ever seen. Now you might be thinking, "Well how can he say anything about the 2017 season, the schedule hasn't even been released?" But I believe that by that time, the schedule will not matter. Yes there will be tough opponents on it (most likely anyway), but I think that the team will have the players and coaching to beat anybody (I'm talking to you Notre Dame!) l might just be out of my mind. If you think so, then I don't blame you. But I think that BC is getting the talent to put together a championship caliber squad. We've seen it happen before, just six years ago. So it is possible. BC has the ability to climb to the top of the polls. Now this is a different team, different coaching staff, different AD, different ﬁeld turf, different everything. But one thing hasn't changed, and that is the fact that BC knows how to win. And I believe that by 2017, with an experienced offense and strong defense, matched with great, passionate coaching and a little luck, BC will ﬁnally win a BCS game, and that BCS game will be the National Championship.