The consensus is that Boston College football will take a step back in 2014 as the program looks to replace a total of 12 starters on both sides of the ball. Two out of three SB Nation ACC football experts would agree, pegging the Eagles at 5-7 next season.
The experts include Mark Ennis (SB Nation college football and basketball contributor, @Mengus22), Bud Elliott (@sbnrecruiting, manager of @TomahawkNation) and Ben Swain (@TheBenSwain and self-proclaimed Duke football aficionado). Yes, Duke football aficionados do exist, apparently.
Both Bud and Ben predict a 5-7 finish for Boston College, with wins coming over UMass, Maine, Wake Forest and Syracuse. They are split on the fifth win, with Bud predicting a win over Colorado State and Ben a win over Pittsburgh. Mark Ennis is the most optimistic of the three, predicting an 8-4 record with the only losses coming to Pitt, USC, Virginia Tech and Florida State.
If the Eagles are to make a return trip to a bowl game next season, you can start to see just how important games against Pitt, N.C. State and Wake Forest will be to achieve that goal.
As for the predicted order of finish, Mark has the Eagles finishing as the best non-FSU, non-Clemson team in the Atlantic at 5-3 (wins the head-to-head tiebreaker over Louisville). Ben pegs the Eagles at 3-5 ... Bud 2-6 and towards the bottom of the division standings along with Wake Forest, Syracuse and N.C. State.
All three agree that Florida State will go 12-0 during the regular season and that Virginia Tech will emerge to re-take the Coastal Division crown after a two-year hiatus.
What do you think? Do the SBN experts have it right? What will next year's season bring for the Eagles?