According to the Burlington, N.C. Times-News' Adam Smith, Boston College football may have found its FCS opponent for the 2015 season.
#Elon non-conference football opponents in 2015: at Boston College, vs. NC A&T, at Gardner-Webb.— Adam Smith (@adam_smithTN) September 18, 2013
This would be the first ever meeting between the two programs. No date has been set for the game.
The Phoenix has played football since 1909, but only recently joined the ranks of Division I. The football program currently competes in the Southern Conference but will be moving to the CAA beginning in 2014. Elon's third-year head coach Jason Swepson is a 1992 BC graduate who served as running backs coach at his alma mater for eight seasons (1999-2006). He's credited with having recruited some kid named Matt Ryan to BC. You may have heard of him.
Boston College running back coach Al Washington was also with the Phoenix coaching staff for one season (2011) prior to rejoining his alma mater last year.
Elon's meetings against teams from college football's Football Bowl Subdivision have not gone well of late. In the last five years, the Phoenix has faced Wake Forest, Duke, Vanderbilt, North Carolina and Georgia Tech from the FBS, getting outscored 253-48 in those games. Elon has been shut out by ACC opponents in each of the last two seasons -- 62-0 North Carolina and 70-0 Georgia Tech to open this season.
With the addition of Elon to the schedule, the Eagles currently have one too many non-conference games in 2015. BC also has non-conference games scheduled with Army, Buffalo (location TBD), New Mexico State and at Notre Dame. Similarly, New Mexico State also has one too many non-conference game scheduled in 2015 -- at Florida, at Ole Miss, at Boston College, at New Mexico and UTEP -- as the Aggies give up their short-lived football independence to rejoin the Sun Belt in 2014.