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Scouting Boston College's Future Opponents: Week 3

A look at how upcoming BC opponents fared this weekend

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Between BC's inability to move the ball on Friday and the season-ending injury to Darius Wade, I'm feeling a bit more concerned about pretty much every game on the remaining schedule for BC. However, the Eagles are not likely to face a better team than FSU this year, so that's a plus. Let's see how the rest of BC's 2015 opponents fared over the weekend.

Week 4, Northern Illinois: Lost to Ohio State, 20-13; now 2-1

Much like BC, the Huskies opened the season with two expected wins over teams they were heavily favored to beat, giving us little idea what to expect before they headed into a week 3 showdown with a national title contender. NIU performed credibly against Ohio State, taking a 10-10 tie into the locker room before Ohio State emerged with a 20-13 win. NIU's offense sputtered, only picking up 190 total yards on the day, but great defense (including 3 INTs) kept them in it. Could we be in for another low scoring affair on Saturday? Updated win confidence: 50% (going down)

Week 5 at Duke: Lost to #23 Northwestern, 19-10; now 2-1

Duke's offense looked fairly weak in their first test against a ranked opponent, and the Wildcats got out of Durham with a 19-10 victory. Duke took an early lead but Northwestern controlled it the rest of the way. BC should be able to bottle up Duke but of course the question is if the Eagles can score. Updated win confidence: 50% (staying even)

Week 6 vs. Wake Forest: Won vs. Army`17-14; now 2-1

Freshman QB Kendall Hinton replaced injured starter John Wolford and orchestrated a comeback win for Wake over Army, running for two touchdowns and leading a drive that led to a gamewinning field goal. However, the bottom line is that Wake struggled to beat Army. Updated win confidence: 85% (staying even)

Week 7 at #11 Clemson: Won at Louisville 20-17; now 3-0

The Tigers struggled a bit with now-0-3 Lousville, but did come away with a nice road win in a hostile environment against a team that should theoretically still end up being pretty good. Updated win confidence: 10% (staying even)

Week 8 at Louisville: Lost vs. Clemson 20-17; now 0-3

The Cardinals are in a deep hole after three losses to start the year and in spite of a pretty good performance against Clemson, a bona fide ACC Atlantic title contender, there will be some dismay in Louisville this week. They should be able to pick up their first win next weekend as they  face FCS Samford. Updated win confidence: 30% (staying even)

Week 9 vs. Virginia Tech: Won vs. Purdue 51-24; now 2-1

VT QB Brenden Motley had an up and down day, going 15 for 24 with 2 TDs, but also fumbling the ball away twice. It was a 238-yard ground attack that allowed VT to really hammer the Boilermakers, who are now 1-2. Updated win confidence: 50% (going down)

Week 10 vs. NC State: Won 38-14 at Old Dominion; now 3-0

The Wolfpack are now 3-0 as #SleeperQuest2015  continued with a win over transitional FBS program Old Dominion. As expected, NC State won easily. I still expect BC to be able to beat them at home, but it's going to take a few more weeks to know much of anything about NC State. After wins over Eastern Kentucky, Troy and Old Dominion, NC State wraps up their nonconference schedule against South Alabama this weekend. Updated win confidence: 60% (going down)

Week 12 vs. #8 Notre Dame: Won 30-22 vs. Georgia Tech; now 3-0

Well, I really thought ND was going to lose on Saturday. But instead, ND surged into the top 10. Newly minted QB DeShone Kizer was pretty good (21 for 30, 242 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT) and RB CJ Prosise ran for 198 yards in a big win over one of the ACC's best teams. Updated win confidence: 30% (going down)

Week 13 vs. Syracuse: Won 30-27 vs. Central Michigan; now 3-0

Well, the Orange are indeed undefeated, with wins over Wake, URI and Central Michigan. I'm curious to see how Cuse does against LSU this coming weekend. Updated win confidence: 70% (going down)