It's never too early to talk college football and although we are only 10 days removed from the national championship game, the predictions for 2022 are already rolling in. Athlon is the latest to make their "way too early" prognostications at both the national and ACC level and they don't bode overly well for Boston College.
This isn't to say that the Eagles won't have a good team in 2022, but so much of this is about who you play that impacts your final record. If Alabama or Georgia played in the AFC East, Athlon would have them dead last to be sure.
Parallels can certainly be drawn based on the quality of the BC schedule.
BC is picked to finish 5th in the ACC Atlantic and does not get any recognition at all for top 25 or next tier teams. One of the challenges for the Eagles is the schedule and while Maine and Connecticut should be wins, BC will also draw a Notre Dame team picked 8th in the country and ACC foes Clemson (1st in the ACC Atlantic and 4th nationally), Wake Forest (2nd in the Atlantic and 15th nationally), North Carolina State (3rd in the Atlantic and 16th nationally) as well as Florida State who the Eagles have been unable to beat in several seasons and are viewed as on the rise in Mike Norvell's 3rd year there.
The key called out by Athlon is the play of the BC defense, in particular a rush defense which finished 92nd in the country at 170 yards per game. We also know now that the Eagle offensive line will need a near complete rebuild. How much of this is offset by BC's two best recruiting classes in the past decade, time will tell.
As more information to share on the 2022 season comes out, it will posted in special off season editions of The Book.