On Tuesday, the University of Maine confirmed the long-rumored game against Boston College. The Black Bears will travel to Chestnut Hill to take on the Eagles for the second-straight year. Boston College won this past season's meeting 40-10. The Eagles and Black Bears have met three times since the divisional split in 2006, 2012 and 2014—all BC victories.
BC owns a 5-3 edge in a series that dates back to 1913.
The Eagles have won 22 straight games against teams from the Football Championship Subdivision. The program's lone loss to an FCS team occurred in 1978—a 27-0 loss to Massachusetts—coincidentally the first year after the NCAA split Division I football into two levels, I-A (now FBS) and I-AA (now FCS).
Next season's four non-conference games are pretty evenly spread throughout the schedule: Maine (September 5), Northern Illinois (September 26), New Mexico State (October 17) and "at" Notre Dame at Fenway Park (November 21). This will likely mean that BC will draw an ACC opponent as early as week 2 next season. In addition to BC's six Atlantic Division opponents and Virginia Tech, the Eagles will play at Duke from the Coastal Division in 2015.