Happy Friday and Happy November! If you're a Red Sox fan, I hope you enjoyed actually having a full night's sleep last night (that was very nice). If you're not, enjoy the fact that after two quiet weeks, there's finally some marquee home BC sports action today and tomorrow, with the hockey team hosting Northeastern tonight and football hosting Virginia Tech tomorrow. On to the links:
Sophomore McKenzie Meehan scored three minutes into the second overtime to give Boston College a 2-1 victory over Syracuse in the final regular season game on Thursday.. The win moves BC into sixth place in the ACC tournament with 19 points. Boston College is now 10-8-1 overall and 6-6-1 in the ACC. The Eagles will play at No. 3 North Carolina on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m
Heavy is the crown on any starting quarterback, but heavier still was the burden Boston College's Chase Rettig put on himself after he was held to 57 passing yards and sacked four times in a 34-10 setback at North Carolina last Saturday.
Boston College 24, Virginia Tech 21: The Eagles have home-field advantage -- and the edge on the ground. In a game that will feature two embattled quarterbacks, the difference will be the Eagles' ability to run the ball consistently. BC is averaging 176.6 rushing yards per game; the Hokies are No. 105 in the country in rushing offense at 124.5 yards. Andre Williams leads the ACC and is fifth in the nation in rushing. He's not going to have a career day, but he'll have a good enough performance -- and Virginia Tech will make enough mistakes -- for the Eagles to win.
Boston College freshman Myles Willis has discovered a natural talent for a position that was off-limits to him in high school. Willis will be BC's main man on the kick return team when the Eagles (3-4) host Virginia Tech (6-2) in an ACC game tomorrow (noon) at Alumni Stadium.
Steelers offensive-line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. Bicknell has strong areas ties, having played at Boston College and later coaching there. His father, Jack Sr., was the head coach at BC from 1981 to 1990. The younger Bicknell got his coaching start as a graduate assistant at Boston College before later coaching at the University of New Hampshire.
Boston College ranks fifth in the nation for overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in all sports among FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools, according to data released this month by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. BC's GSR score of 96 was topped only by Notre Dame (99), Duke (98), Stanford (97) and Northwestern (97).
It doesn't end with these four, though. Pitt and Notre Dame will be forces, and Florida State and Miami are showing that they can compete as well. Throw in schools such as Georgia Tech, Boston College, Wake Forest, and North Carolina State, who always seem to surprise everyone with a big win here and there, every day in the new-look ACC will be exhilarating.
Brewster (N.H.) Academy point guard Donovan Mitchell says two schools are working the hardest right now. "BC and Providence are recruiting me the hardest," the 2015 guard told SNY.tv Wednesday. A 6-foot-3, 205-pound native of White Plains, N.Y., Mitchell has visited BC twice and also tripped to Providence last weekend, where he was joined by 2014 commits Jalen Lindsey, Ben Bentil and Paschal Chukwu, among others.