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Same Old Story for Boston College against Louisville

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Another ranked conference foe, and another blowout loss for the Eagles.

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There isn't much left to say after Louisville throttled Boston College 52-7 at Alumni Stadium Saturday.

Well, not much new to say, anyways, because we've seen this performance before.

Three times the Eagles have faced off with ranked conference foes, and three times Boston College (4-5, 1-5 ACC) has taken a beating. The combined score of the Eagles' games against Virginia Tech, Clemson and today's opponent? 157-17.

Yes, you read that correctly, BC has been outscored by an average margin of 46.7 points per game when it faces top competition.

While the Eagles did keep their bowl hopes alive and end a 12-game conference losing streak last week at NC State, it was business as usual today against one of the conference's better teams. Louisville (8-1, 6-1 ACC) outscored the Eagles by 45, and that was actually the closest of these three games, at least in terms of final point margin.

Many of the same issues arose, as the Eagle secondary struggled against a team with weapons, and the offense couldn't run the ball against a defense with talent up front. Boston College averaged an anemic 1.5 yards per rush on the day, and allowed Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson to complete eight of his first 10 attempts for four touchdowns.

Yes, at one point in the first half, Jackson had twice as many touchdowns as incompletions, and the majority of his throws were downfield.

There are no positives to be pulled out of a game like this, but the crazy truth is, Boston College's season STILL isn't over. Sitting at 4-5, the Eagles head to Florida State next week. Even if BC continues to play poorly against ranked conference foes, the Eagles will still be alive in the hunt for a bowl when they return to Chestnut Hill to face UConn on November 19th.

As we've seen this year, BC can play with average-to-bad competition, but today was another example that this team simply can't hang with the elite teams in the conference. Blame that on whatever you want, but at this point, it is undeniable.