According to Newsday writer Greg Logan, Boston College football will open up the 2013 season against the Stony Brook Seawolves. This will be the first ever meeting between the Eagles and Seawolves.
I'm not sure where Mark Blaudschun's faux outrage at scheduling Stony Brook in the first place comes from as Stony Brook has become one of the better I-AA programs over the last few years. The Seawolves have won at least a share of the Big South title in each of the past four seasons and made the FCS playoffs in both 2011 and 2012. This season, Stony Brook finished with a 10-3 record, including the program's first ever win over a Division I-A opponent (23-3 at Army). Starting next year, Stony Brook, along with Albany, makes the jump to the FCS' Colonial Athletic Association.
Given the lack of available New England I-AA programs after programs either stopped sponsoring varsity football (Northeastern, Hofstra) or decided to move to a lower scholarship league (Rhode Island), Stony Brook seems as good a local I-AA opponent as any. Were you expecting Campbell instead?
BC-Stony Brook joins a mixed bag of must-see and barely watchable ACC non-conference games to open the 2013 season. There are several intriguing matchups -- Clemson-Georgia, North Carolina-South Carolina, Syracuse-Penn State, Virginia-BYU and Virginia Tech-Alabama -- to go along with plenty of filler.
Since it's never too early to start planning, 2013 scheduling Mad Lib:
Aug. 31 -- Stony Brook
Sep. 7 -- Florida State, Wake Forest, ACC Coastal*, BYE
Sep. 14 -- at USC
Sep. 21 -- at Clemson, N.C. State, at Syracuse, ACC Coastal*, BYE
Sep. 28 -- at Clemson, Florida State, at Maryland, N.C. State, at Syracuse, at Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, ACC Coastal*, BYE
Oct. 5 -- Army
Oct. 12 -- any ACC game or BYE
Oct. 19 -- any ACC game or BYE
Oct. 26 -- any ACC game or BYE
Nov. 2 -- any ACC game or BYE
Nov. 9 -- New Mexico State, any ACC game or BYE
Nov. 16 -- New Mexico State, any ACC game or BYE
Nov. 23 -- New Mexico State, at Maryland, N.C. State, at Syracuse, Wake Forest, at Virginia Tech, ACC Coastal*, BYE
Nov. 30 -- at Maryland, N.C. State, at Syracuse, at Virginia Tech, ACC Coastal*