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Boston College Football: Eagles Have 16th Most Difficult Schedule In 2015

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ESPN Insider and Phil Steele released an interesting statistic this weekend that addresses the difficulty (or lack there of) of schedules going into the 2015 season. The statistic is pretty basic, wins and losses from the 2014 season, and does nothing to address '14 strength of schedule, multiple FCS teams, and graduating starters. However it's interesting to peruse so let's take a look at the ACC.

3. Miami (FL) Hurricanes: 97-58
12. Virginia Cavaliers: 94-62
14. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: 93-62
16. Boston College Eagles: 91-62
25. Clemson Tigers: 88-65
40. Florida State Seminoles: 85-67
46. Virginia Tech Hokies: 86-70
47. Louisville Cardinals: 83-68
52. Pittsburgh Panthers: 83-70
52. North Carolina Tar Heels: 83-70
61. Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 82-71
61. North Carolina State Wolfpack: 82-71
61. Wake Forest Demon Deacons: 82-71
68. Syracuse Orange: 81-72
103. Duke Blue Devils: 70-81

Again given that BC has two FCS squads on their schedule, but they were both below .500 last year so that wouldn't help their strength of schedule. Playing against Duke, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and NIU, all bowl eligible teams from last season would booster that number. Plus adding in games against Clemson, Louisville, and Florida State, and you have a pretty tough schedule.

Boston College may not have a murderer's row of out of conference schedule, but given what they are playing both in conference, and across divisions, they still have a difficult road to manage. Seven wins is going to be tough for the Eagles, especially under a young quarterback like Troy Flutie or Darius Wade.

As I mentioned at the beginning, this statistic is very basic, and doesn't do a very good job detailing changes in the team or the relative strength of their previous schedule.