Schedule analysis: Boston College (ESPN ACC Blog)
Trap game: Nov. 9 at New Mexico State. The Aggies were absolutely horrendous last year, but the timing of this game sets the Eagles up for a trap. It comes after an arduous three-game stretch featuring games at Clemson, at North Carolina and Virginia Tech, and it requires a trip some 2,300 miles away to Las Cruces. The Aggies are now coached by former BC offensive coordinator Doug Martin, who has keen familiarity with Chase Rettig, Alex Amidon & Co. Hard to figure what the Eagles have to gain by making a trip so far away in the middle of ACC play.
ACC Football Kickoff countdown: No. 5 (ESPN ACC Blog)
On the surface, Addazio has the most work to do, as he inherited the roster with the least amount of depth. The Eagles have been recruiting well, though, and Addazio is the only one of the three entering the season with a proven quarterback. BC is scary thin at running back, though -- one area Syracuse is loaded.
Does it matter that Syracuse is missing out on New York's top football prospects? (syracuse.com)
From 2002 to 2011, New York produced 26 four- or five-star high school players according to Rivals (I chose to use Rivals because it's the service with the longest pedigree). Syracuse landed four of them: Damien Rhodes, Averrin Collier, Marcus Sales and Lavar Lobdell. Boston College has also grabbed four. Stanford and Notre Dame each have taken two.
12 Steps to Fix ACC Football (AthlonSports.com)
Start with recruiting. There is no way either team should lose a player from the Northeast to any neighborhood school besides Pitt or Penn State. UConn and Temple are members of a mid-major conference, and even though Rutgers will soon be a Big Ten school, the Knights have been searching for an identity on the gridiron for decades. It won’t be easy, since there isn’t an abundance of talent in the region, but it happened before, and both teams would help the league greatly by returning to glory.
Orange Watch: Part I — Greatest Syracuse victories against its new ACC opponents (The Juice Online)
Boston College-We selected a “Diamond” over a “Pearl.” Tough to choose here because of “Pearl’s Shot” in 1984, but we’ll go with Diamond Ferri’s epic two-way performance (28 carries for 141 yards and two TD’s rushing, an interception return for a score) in the 2004 penultimate game for Paul Pasqualoni at Chestnut Hill, that thanks to the 43-17 upset unexpectedly bought the Orange a piece of the Big East title after an embarrassing loss at Temple two weeks earlier, and before an equally embarrassing loss to Georgia Tech in the Champs Sports Bowl three weeks later.