Boston College vs. Arizona, Dec. 31, 12:30 p.m. (AdvoCare V100 Bowl, ESPN): Expect running. Lots of running. Boston College has Heisman finalist Andre Williams, while Arizona features Ka'Deem Carey. Those two running backs ranked 1-2 nationally in yards per game. Arizona 38-28.
Williams will get another chance to leave a final impression. The senior left the Eagles' regular-season finale at Syracuse, a game they ended up losing, with a shoulder injury, but he is expected to be fine by the time his team takes the field in Shreveport, La. The early exit -- nine carries for 29 yards -- likely cost him whatever extra votes he could have picked up in the Heisman Trophy race, but now he'll have a chance to further improve his draft stock.
And integral interior pulling guard in the Rams' vaunted "double wing" scheme, 6-foot-5, 240-pound Lindstrom was voted the Southern Worcester County League Player of the Year after helping the Rams earn the No. 1 overall seed in Division 4 Central. As a team, the Rams ran for over 3,000 yards and 36 touchdowns. He was also named to ESPN Boston's annual All-State Team last week.
Early season flop: Boston College With returning veterans, Boston College looked like a team that could work its way onto the NCAA bubble. By early December, Boston College looks like it will be ACC Tournament or bust. The Eagles lost virtually every notable non-conference game (Providence, UMass, Toledo, UConn, Purdue, USC).
Boston College (10-4-2, 6-1-1) Grade: B.
The Eagles are very young and also very talented. The biggest question mark going into the season was goaltending. Junior Brian Billett (right) and freshman Thatcher Demko have answered the bell, however. The young forwards and defensemen have contributed and no doubt will play a bigger role in the second half, although they will be short-staffed because of the World Junior Tournament. Johnny Gaudreau continues to dazzle.
Stephen Gionta is the Devils' version of The Little Engine That Could. Not being blessed with great size, strength, speed and skill just doesn't matter. Determination, willpower and hockey sense do.
When Steven closed the chapter on his college career, a new chapter was waiting to unfold. A chance to sign an NHL contract.