Morning links for BC's nooner against Duke.
Duke Bloggers / Writers
BDN's Boston College at Duke Football Preview (Blue Devil Nation)
A good preview seen through Blue Devil-colored glasses. "Boston College will look to get out to an early lead against the Blue Devils and then rely on their stingy defense to force turnovers and keep the Blue Devils out of the end zone. Duke will have its hands full trying to contain Montel Harris, and will have to pressure Rettig to force stops on 3rd down. If Renfree and the Blue Devils can continue to roll offensively, it may be difficult for the Eagles and their young QB to keep up."
Work in Progress (Go Duke.com)
"Duke's redshirt freshman cornerback [Ross Cockrell] has made his share of mistakes in his first season as a collegiate starter, but he showed his promise last week by picking off two Marc Verica passes - and barely missing a third interception. Through nine games, he leads Duke with 10 total passes defended (three interceptions and seven breakups) - a total that ranks third-highest in the ACC."
Duke vs. Boston College: The Last Time (Go Duke.com)
Duke Sports Information with a recap of the last meeting between the Blue Devils and Eagles: "In the last meeting between Duke and Boston College on November 11, 2006, the Eagles used a balanced offense to compile 31 first downs and 501 total yards en route to a 28-7 victory over the Blue Devils in front of 42,326 fans at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Mass."
National Bloggers / Writers
Duke, Boston College chasing bowl eligibility (AP)
"When teams line up across from us, they know we have a one-headed monster and (that) we're going to run the ball," BC lineman Thomas Claiborne said. "With the offensive line that we have it's a credit to us because we think every time we line up, we know that if we just get hats on hats, Montel's going to find a crack, he's going to find a seam, he's going to make some yardage."
Duke making good use of backup QB (ESPN ACC Blog)
Duke's backup QB Brandon Connettee is brought in situationally to run the ball.
Weekend Preview, Nov. 12 (ACC Sports Journal)
Rob Daniels previews this weekend's ACC college football action, complete with a whopper of a prediction.
Boston College News And Notes
Duke's pass attack threat to surging BC (Herald)
"This is going to be a very interesting game, in a lot of ways," said BC coach Frank Spaziani. "If you just look at their offense, you don’t see a 3-6 team."
Injuries take toll on Eagles (Herald)
Lapham and White are out. Flutie is holding out hope that he can come back in time for the bowl game.
BC's Kasim Edebali loses little in translation (Herald)
Feature on Edebali's unique background coming from Germany.
Claiborne has his guard up (Globe)
Claiborne, on his lack of playing time as a result of the disagreement between he and Spaz: "At first, it threw me off. It threw a lot of people to see a fifth-year senior and one of the emotional leaders of the team have his playing time reduced. But as the season went on, I started to learn more and more about myself and what kind of player I needed to be."
BC-Duke Preview (Eagle in Atlanta)
ATL thinks the Eagles get by with a 7-point victory.
Keys to the Game vs. Duke (BCDraft)
BCDraft with their keys to the game.
The upcoming weekend, Part III: Football (Soaring To Glory)
"If you're one of the people on the "BC can/will still get to a fourth-rate bowl game" bandwagon, then this is a game Boston College must win, no excuses. Like the Eagles, however, Duke has won consecutive football games, both of which were high-scoring affairs (65 and 103 combined points). The Eagles' two wins were low-scoring games, by contrast (26 and 36 combined points)."
Boston College At Duke: Eagles Take On Blue Devils Looking For Third Straight Win (SB Nation Boston)
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Boston College 31, Duke 14
BC defense excels despite obstacles (ESPN Boston)
"Bruised, battered and beleaguered, the Boston College defense nevertheless always seems to bounce back."