Boston College gets ready to hopefully bring more of it's momentum into a huge matchup this weekend with the N.C. State Wolfpack. The kings of the preseason hype, the Wolfpack have actually lived up to the billing going into last week ranked #20 in the country before losing a close game against the Clemson Tigers. This is not the same team that the Eagles beat last year in Raleigh, they are much improved on both sides of the ball and have arguably the best non Lamar Jackson quarterback in the ACC with Ryan Finley.
Let's start with Ryan Finley, and what makes him so dangerous. He is incredibly accurate, and doesn't make many mistakes. Against Clemson this week he started the game 15-15 against a very good Tigers defense, but in the end he had two interceptions giving him three on the year. He seems NFL ready, and if BC's secondary gives him an inch he is going to pick them apart all game. But on the other side, he isn't very mobile, something this BC defense has been able to exploit all year.
What makes N.C State's offense so dangerous are the weapons at Finley's disposal. First off he has Jaylen Samuels the running back, who leads the Wolfpack with 59 receptions. Elusive, and possibly one of the quickest players in the ACC, he could be a nightmare if BC starts missing tackles again. Kelvin Harmon is a dynamic receiver as well, and makes a great 1-2 punch with Samuels.
On the defensive side of the ball, NC State has a defensive end that rivals Harold Landry as the most explosive in college football. Bradley Chubb, already has 17.5 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks and can change the game on any play. Other than Chubb however, NC State isn't very stout on defense, they are 57th in the country in yards allowed (which is better than BC), and is susceptible to the air attack, ranking 103rd in the country.
Steve Addazio and the Eagles are coming back from the bye week at a time where the break could be looked at two ways. On the negative end they lose some of the momentum they had after winning three in a row, but on the other hand they get to rest up players like Landry and Anthony Brown who were banged up.
What will happen should be a very exciting game. It's doubtful we see BC buzzsaw through the Wolfpack like they did against Louisville, UVA and Florida State. But it would be nice to see how this new offense looks against some adversity. See what kind of moxie the coaching staff and players have when games get tight. They already won one against UL but it would be great to see them pull one off against this preseason darling.
Will Boston College be able to continue moving forward against a very good NC State team or will they take a step back? Leave your thoughts below.