On Sunday night, Ken Pomeroy released his preseason rankings, with Boston College checking in at no. 134. That's good for 14th in the ACC, ahead of only Virginia Tech at 168. Last season, BC finished at no. 138 -- also 14th in the ACC.
The ratings for every Division I team can be found here, as well as an explanation of Pomeroy's preseason rankings here. Based on the ratings, here's the projected order of finish in the ACC, with preseason ranking in parentheses:
1. Duke Blue Devils (1)
2. Louisville Cardinals (3)
3. Virginia Cavaliers (8)
4. Syracuse Orange (11)
5. North Carolina Tar Heels (20)
6. Pittsburgh Panthers (23)
7. Florida State Seminoles (41)
8. Miami Hurricanes (57)
9. North Carolina State Wolfpack (60)
10. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (69)
11. Clemson Tigers (75)
12. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (96)
13. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (104)
14. Boston College Eagles (134)
15. Virginia Tech Hokies (168)
The projections for BC on offense and defense are dramatically different than they were under Steve Donahue. The Eagles are projected to fall nearly 100 spots in offensive efficiency (from 30th to 128th), but get much better on the other end of the floor (from 298th to 142nd in defensive efficiency). Kenpom's projections also expect the Eagles to play faster (from 321nd to 248th in adjusted tempo).
Here are the preseason ratings for Boston College's non-conference foes (followed by the year-over-year comparison):
New Mexico Lobos (52, -21)
Harvard Crimson (30, +2)
Providence Friars (53, -2)
Massachusetts Minutemen (74, -20)
USC Trojans (136, +27)
Marist Red Foxes (226, -25)
UMass Lowell River Hawks (347, -22)
New Hampshire Wildcats (331, -2)
Binghamton Bearcats (303, +30)
Maine Black Bears (342, -4)
Interestingly, of the Eagles 10 non-conference opponents in 2014-15, only three -- Harvard, USC and Binghamton -- have a preseason ranking higher than their 2013-14 finish. Harvard is only up two spots on last year's 32nd finish, but USC (up 27 spots) and Binghamton (up 30 spots) have made significant year-over-year moves in the rankings. Of course, in the case of the Bearcats, they're going from extremely terrible to just terrible. The model does suggests that an even better Trojans team will be making the return trip to Chestnut Hill this December, which is a scary proposition for a team that got blown out in Los Angeles last season.
I'm sure Jim Christian would have liked to dumb down the schedule a bit more in his first season. There's a bit of dead weight sprinkled throughout, but with a challenging ACC slate, combined with traditional non-conference opponents Harvard, Providence and UMass, there's very few gimmes for a program that could certainly use more than a few.