The offensive side of the ball has been struggling. They've been fighting to find their quarterback. It resonated through the season. The second half of the year, they won some ball games and got back into position to get back into a bowl. But the bottom line is, the young freshman [quarterback Chase Rettig] started a bunch of games, they had a whole month to get ready for this game, and there was still no improvement. So that's frustrating. I'm sure it's frustrating for them, but it's frustrating as a fan of Boston College for them to not move the ball on offense.
But, admit it, playing Boston College is, well, about as exciting as getting a pair of brown socks from your uncle on Christmas morning. Wow, gee, thanks. I needed socks. How did you know? Nothing against Boston College, a proud football program with a fine tradition. Just not this year. Doug Flutie or Matt Ryan won't be at AT&T Park on Jan. 9. The Eagles won't be coached by Frank Leahy, Tom Coughlin or Jack Bicknell. Is getting to play a 7-5 team that finished fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference really all the reward the Pack gets for going 12-1 and being ranked 13th in the nation?
Not that Eagles fans are ecstatic, but their team did just rattle off five straight wins and can collect an impressive victory over Nevada if things go well in a return trip to the Fight Hunger Bowl. Sure, the late winning streak didn't resonate loudly, and it shouldn't --- BC wedged three victories over losing teams between defeats of Clemson and Syracuse. But it was better than making a 2-5 start worse. Chase Rettig will be better off for the future thanks to his snaps this season.