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Boston College's Offensive Output Among Its Worst In 30 Years

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Is this bad? It seems bad.

Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

This probably comes as no surprise to anyone who's watched BC's offense attempt to putter its way up and down the field this year, but in terms of points per game, the Eagles are on pace to have one of their worst offensive outputs in the past 30 years, and probably their worst output if the Howard game were filtered out.

The Eagles are currently averaging 19.4 points per game, good for 115th in the nation. Factoring out the Howard game, in which BC torpedoed the overmatched Bison 76-0, that number dips to 11.3 per game. That's...(does some back of the envelope math)...pretty terrible.

Where does this team rank in terms of BC's worst offensive outputs of the past 30 years? Pretty poorly. As you'll see, only a few seasons have been worse for BC in terms of points scored. This is in spite of the fact that in 2013 and 2014, BC had two of its better scoring seasons in recent memory. The dropoff is staggering.

Rank Year PPG OC
1 1993 34 Crowton
2 2000 31.5 Bible
3 2002 30.2 Bible
4 2003 28.5 Bible
5 2007 28.3 Logan
6 1986 28.2 Timer
7 2013 27.7 Ryan Day
8 1992 27.5 Crowton
9 2001 27.2 Bible
10 2014 26.2 Ryan Day
11 2006 26 Bible
12 2005 25.8 Bible
13 2009 24.8 Tranquill
14 1999 24.8 Bible
15 1998 24.8 Jagodzinski
16 2008 24.7 Logan
17 2004 24.7 Bible
18 1994 22.6 Koetter
19 1991 22.5 Crowton
20 1987 22.2 Timer
21 1996 22 none
22 1997 21.5 Jagodzinski
23 1988 21.5 Timer
24 2012 19.8 Doug Martin
25 2015 19.4 Fitch
26 1989 18.8 Timer
27 2010 18.5 Tranquill
28 1985 18.5 Timer
29 2011 18.2 Rogers/Brock
30 1990 17.3 Curl
31 1995 17.2 Koetter


The precipitous dropoff from one year to the next is the worst BC has experienced since 1994, when offensive production fell by nearly 12 points per game in Dan Henning's first season taking over for Tom Coughlin.

While it's not really appropriate to throw one person under the bus for this level of performance, given that so many factors have gone in to it, it does make you wonder if Todd Fitch has inched himself closer to being on the hot seat. After two years of an offensive coordinator with the third highest average scoring total since Doug Flutie left the Heights, to be near the bottom of the list with the same head coach suggests there might be an issue there. We'll see if more continuity with these young players improves things, or if Fitch's offense continues to sputter.

In the last 31 years of BC football, only the two headed monster of Rogers (respect his privacy!)/Brock 2011 and Dick Curl in 1990 were outscored on average by this year's offense.

BC points per game per offensive coordinator, 1985 to present

28 Crowton (91-93)
27.3375 Bible (99-06)
26.95 Ryan Day (13-14)
26.5 Logan (07-08)
23.15 Jagodzinski (97-98)
22 No OC (1996)
24.76 Timer (85-89)
21.65 Tranquill (09-11)
19.9 Koetter (94-95)
19.8 Doug Martin (12)
19.4 Fitch (15)
18.2 Rogers/Brock (11)
17.3 Curl (90)