As we continue BC Interruption's Wake Forest preview week, today we look at what Boston College will need to do to beat the Demon Deacons. Last season BC lost 28-14 in a game that was dominated by wide receiver Michael Campanaro who finished the game with three touchdowns. What will BC need to do to win at home on a Friday night against Wake?
1. Limit mistakes. In 2012 Chase Rettig had arguably one of his worst performances of the season, when he threw three interceptions against Wake Forest. Wake was a beatable team then, and should be a beatable team now, but if you turn over the ball four times (add in a fumble) and you are not going to win against many teams.
2. Control the ball. This talking point could be considered 1b, but it is so crucial I thought it deserved it's own spot. Last season Wake killed BC in time of possession, owning the ball for 9 minutes more than Boston College. Compound that with terrible 3rd down defensive conversions in which BC let up a season high 13 with a rate of 56% success, and BC was doomed.
3. Run, Run, Run. If Steve Addazio is serious about committing to the run, Wake would be the first test they would face. Wake's run defense was markedly better than their pass D. And in last year's game Boston College had already abandoned their run game rushing the ball for a net 12 yards on 21 carries. BC can not be one dimensional, they don't have the talent on their roster to do that, so they are going to have to run the ball. Establish Andre Williams, move Tahj Kimble around and BC should have much more success against Wake than they did in 2012.
4. Be physical with Campanaro. As we mentioned yesterday in our position player preview, BC can not get nit picked to death by a slot receiver like they did last year. Wake loves to run the bubble screen, Spaz never adjusted to it, which led to 16 catches and 3 touchdowns for Campanaro. Don Brown needs to look at this differently, press him at the line of scrimmage and make sure to hit him hard. If anything, BC needs to try to make someone else on Wake Forest beat them.
5. Make Wake beat you on the ground. Just like Boston College in 2012, Wake was a pass first, rush second team (BC was 119th, Wake was 116th). Josh Harris will be back again, and while he has had success against Boston College, he hasn't torched them before. If BC can take away or limit Campanaro, and put pressure on Tanner Price, they could take away Wake's biggest weapon and Don Brown could see the defense really thrive.