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Boston College Daily Links: All Systems Go

Daily Links for Friday, October 4, 2013

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All systems ‘go’ for Army-BC grid clash (Boston Herald)

"I don't know every process the (U.S.) Military Academy had to go through, but it did come down the superiors within the military making the decision about both football games this weekend," said Bates. "This was clearly something where they were waiting for authorization to play."

Boston College’s Parsons switches positions after switching schools (The Boston Globe)
Parsons's path to pay dirt at The Heights was a journey that began with a stop at Northeastern, where the former Xaverian standout started his college career as a defensive lineman.

College football notebook: Triple-option serves service academies well (TribLIVE)
Army, Navy and Air Force feature unique offenses based on their utilization of the triple-option to help lessen the talent disparity. Here's a closer look at those games: Army ranks No. 2 nationally in rushing, averaging 325.4 yards per game and 5.4 yards per carry. Army leads the nation with 299 rushing attempts. Conversely, Army has attempted only 57 passes, third fewest overall, and are 123rd (last) in passing offense.

ACC football game predictions: Week 6 (ESPN ACC Blog)
"That preparation has focused on slowing down the Army option. Army is averaging 325 yards on the ground this season, and BC has had a tough time slowing down the run. To make matters worse, the Eagles have lost starting defensive tackle Mehdi Abdesmad for the season with a torn left patellar tendon. This is going to be a ground 'n' pound type of game. If Josh Harris at Wake Forest can lead the Deacs to a win over Army, then Andre Williams can do the same for BC."

Turning back the clock 25 years to historic BC upset of Army in Dublin (Boston Herald)
"We came over here to enjoy Ireland, and we did. We came to have fun, and we did. But we came to win a football game, and thank goodness we did that, too," said BC coach Jack Bicknell. "When the game got started, I forgot what country I was in, and it was just another game."

Players recall favorite parts of Ireland trip (Boston Herald)
"It was a tough year for us. We didn't have a tremendous amount of success on the field, but this absolutely, truly brought us together. The treatment we got from people, after we won, it was a scene that was like the Super Bowl for them. They were rushing the field and they were trying to take any little handout of our gear that they possibly could."

Women's Soccer Falls To No. 5/5 Florida St., 4-3 (
McKenzie Meehan scored ANOTHER two goals for BC - two early strikes which put the Eagles up 2-0 - but it was not enough, as a super-talented Florida State team overcame a slow start to overwhelm BC. Where have I heard that before?

Men's Soccer Travels To #8 Maryland Friday Night (
The Boston College men's soccer team travels to No. 8 Maryland on Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. match at Ludwig Field.

No. 9 Field Hockey Faces Two Top-20 Opponents on the Road (
The ninth-ranked Boston College field hockey team is on the road to face two top-20 non-conference opponents. On Friday, the Eagles (8-2) head to Durham, N.H., to take on No. 20 New Hampshire (5-4) and on Sunday, they travel to Storrs, Conn., for a matchup against undefeated No. 2 Connecticut (9-0).