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Boston College football vs. Temple: Game preview links

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A reading guide in advance of tomorrow’s BC vs. Temple game (12 PM ET, ESPNU):

“Truthfully, he’s one of the best leaders on the team, even as the backup quarterback,” BC coach Jeff Hafley said. “When you have that as your backup, and he steps onto the field, guys don’t flinch.

“I know right now to the outside world we’ll be the underdog again. ‘Can they even win this many games?’ To our team, that doesn’t exist. Our expectation is the same. No matter who’s out there, we will press on.”

“For Kris and IGM, I know this will be a meaningful game and I hope every game is a meaningful game for them so I hate to say it is a more meaningful game,” said Hafley. “But certainly, playing the team you were on, there has got to be some emotions there.

Boston College’s Week 3 matchup against Temple will be a good indication of where the Eagles are at after not only losing Jurkovec, but also struggling in multiple ways against a UMass team that it was predicted to dominate. The Eagles endured numerous self-inflicted wounds against their in-state rivals and correcting those mistakes has been a focus on the practice field throughout the week.

However, there have still been some issues with discipline and mental mistakes regarding penalties and execution. Through two games against cupcake opponents, the Eagles committed 13 penalties for 124 yards. The vast majority of these came this week against UMass with 11 penalties for 99 yards. Against FCS and bottom-tier FBS opponents, sacrificing 60+ yards via penalties isn’t a death sentence. But against Missouri and ACC opponents, it could be problematic.

Boston College isn’t Akron. Grosel will be fine. He threw well when he had to step in for Jurkovec, and the offense is starting to use enough other parts to distribute the wealth. The BC offense will be a bit more balanced than before, the pass rush will start to crank up a bit for a defense that hasn’t had to turn it loose, and the Eagles will be more focused considering the big change under center.