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Boston College Daily Links: Eagles Graduation Success Rate Fifth in the Nation

Daily links for Friday, October 25, 2013.

Jared Wickerham

Good morning, Boston College.


Eagle Graduation Success Rate Fifth in the Nation (
Boston College ranks fifth in the nation for overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in all sports among FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools, according to data released by the NCAA today. BC's GSR score of 96 was topped only by Notre Dame (99), Duke (98), Stanford (97) and Northwestern (97).

Harris Williams a key to new guard at Boston College (Boston Herald)

“We don’t think of it as being physical, we are just having a real lot of fun out there,” Williams said of O-line duty. “(The coaches) have come up with a whole lot of new schemes where we pull around. “As a guard I have a lot of fun pulling around and delivering the big hit. We all like to pull and we all like to hit and there is a lot of fun in doing that.”

What to watch in the ACC: Week 9 (ESPN ACC Blog)
10. BC WR Alex Amidon: The Eagles can do more than just run the ball, and Amidon needs just 144 receiving yards to become BC's all-time leading pass receiver. He has three 100-plus yard receiving games this season and a school-record 10 for his 39-game collegiate career.

How Miami Got Away With It: 125 FBS Teams, Ranked (Deadspin)
I honestly don't know how college football expert Matt Hinton does it, but here are his rankings for all 125 FBS teams. BC is perfectly average this week.

63. BOSTON COLLEGE (3-3). The Eagles are this week's occupants of the CRATER OF MEDIOCRITY, the depressing hole at the dead center of the rankings, which feels like a tangible step up from the depths of the past two years. (You were reasonably competitive with Florida State and Clemson? Look at you!) Not enough progress to avoid being tabbed as a seven-point underdog against North Carolina, a team boasting a single win, over Middle Tennessee State, but you know, one step at a time.

Other teams to lol at: 70. Wake Forest (4-3), 71. Syracuse (3-4), 79. N.C. State (3-3), 80. North Carolina (1-5), 113. Temple (1-6), 115. Connecticut (0-6), 116. Massachusetts (1-6), 125. New Mexico State (0-7).

Predicting Week 9 action in ACC games (ESPN ACC Blog)
BC gets the AA/HD kiss of death.

Pittsburgh Panthers, Maryland Terrapins have clearer path to bowl game (ESPN ACC Blog)

Boston College has a golden opportunity to beat struggling North Carolina (2-5) and should get a win over New Mexico State (0-7). Wins in both games get the Eagles to five, in need of only one more win. You have to like their chances of winning at least one between NC State (winless in conference); Maryland (injury problems); and Syracuse (Jekyll and Hyde). The Virginia Tech game also is intriguing -- the Eagles took the Hokies to overtime last year before losing.

There is no Jekyll AND Hyde for Syracuse; only Hyde.

Injury impact: ACC (ESPN ACC Blog)
The three teams in the ACC most affected by injuries this season are all on the Eagles remaining 2013 schedule.


Social Story from Women's Basketball #ACCMediaDay (
Women's shootyhoops updates from ACC Media Day down in, where else, Greensboro.

Pat Duquette Primed to Lead UMass-Lowell Into Division I and America East Success (Mid-Major Madness)
A disciple of several Boston coaching legends, Pat Duquette will bring his recruiting-savvy and decades of experience to UMass-Lowell as they enter a new division and conference.


The Pride of Estero, Austin Cangelosi Aims to be Difference Maker at BC (Conte Confidential)
The card of Cangelosi as a six-year-old roller hockey national champion is now my favorite thing on the internet.

Including last year's 8-1 loss in Minneapolis, the Eagles are 6-1-3 in their last ten games against the Golden Gophers. These two programs have combined to produce ten National Championships, 43 Frozen Four appearances, 66 National Tournament appearances, 27 conference titles, 83 first-team All-Americans and six Hobey Baker Award winners.

Hockey East currently leads this thing 9-4. I can hardly contain my excitement to see which conference brings home the Commissioner's Cup or whatever it is that we win.

Olympic Sports

Men's Soccer Faces #14 Clemson Friday Night (
Men's soccer on your television sets tonight!

Lacrosse to Host Fall Tournament (
The Boston College lacrosse team will play host to a five-team one-day Fall Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Newton Field.Boston College, Boston University, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Stony Brook comprise the tournament field.

22nd Annual Baseball Night Set for January 22 (
New Guy will see you there, probably.