Boston College Daily Links: First Loss for Field Hockey

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Plus, a good weekend for women's volleyball, a look ahead to hockey season, and more reaction to the football team's 2-0 start

No. 19 Field Hockey Falls to No. 14 Massachusetts for First Loss (BCEagles.com)
After a blazing start to the season, the Field Hockey team fell 4-2 at UMass on Sunday. They look to bounce back on Friday night at BU.

Volleyball Goes Undefeated in the BC Invitational (BCEagles.com)
On the bright side, the volleyball team had a good weekend, beating Bryant, Fairfield and Hampton in the "BC invitational." I'd love to make some sort of BC Hockey / Frozen Four / BC Invitational joke, but it's not coming to me.

Examining the Key Battles Heading Into the "Preseason" (The Boston College Hockey Blog)

I don't know if I can remember a year where there will be so many individual battles for lineup spots October 10th @ Yost Ice Arena. I mean in reality, I think only 7 guys- Johnny G, Arnold, Hayes, Matheson, Smith, Macleod, and Brown are set in stone to start next month. So, let's take a look at the battles taking place.

Speaking of hockey, it's happening. Soon. And The Kid at the Boston College Hockey Blog takes a look at the battles for playing time (and there are many) heading into the 2013-14 season.

BC Football Makes Significant Statistical Jump (Heights Sports Blog)

The BC defense has made all of these leaps with essentially the same players it had last season. The Villanova and Wake Forest offenses weren't particularly potent, but even considering sample size and opponent, it would be difficult for this defense to have improved any more than it has.

#FiredSpaz

All-around improvement keys BC (Boston Herald)

"We are not naive. We've got a lot ahead of us and a really tough game. We are flying out to California on Thursday and playing a great football program on the road. That's another learning opportunity for our team. We go on the road, and not just on the road but across the country."

I wonder how we got so all-around improved.

USC fans celebrate loss with 'FIRE KIFFIN' chant (SBNation.com)
USC fire lane gets amended to 'FIRE LANE KIFFIN' (SBNation.com)
The USC Trojans are a team without a quarterback (ESPN Los Angeles)
College football Hot Seat Watch, Week 3: Knives out for Lane Kiffin, Mack Brown (SBNation.com)
Analysis: Signs at Texas, USC point to change at top (USA Today)
Lane Kiffin answers tough questions after 10-7 loss to Washington State (coachingsearch.com)

So you're saying there's a chance.

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