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Boston College Football Scheduling: Mississippi State And Tulane Cancel 2016 Game

Could two future possible opponents have open spots?

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Boston College still has two spots open for the 2016 schedule, and two teams just cancelled their game for 2016. The Mississippi State Bulldogs and Tulane Green Waves cancelled their game for 2016 according to a report on

Tulane probably wouldn't fit Boston College's need, because the Eagles technically have two games against teams that are in similar conferences with both Northern Illinois and UMass already on the docket. The only way BC would likely schedule a team like Tulane is if they decided against scheduling an FCS team in 2016. Given that they have two in 2015, they may want to give the fans a break, but still it's highly doubtful.

Mississippi State, on the other hand, is a very intriguing option for the Eagles. BC does not have a Power 5 conference game scheduled in 2016, and the options are becoming more limited by the day. Currently the Bulldogs do have a Power 5 opponent in BYU for 2016. MSU, who finished 2014 as a Top 25 program, doesn't match up profile-wise with BC, but at this point beggars can't be choosers. Plus you would have the potential matchup of former Florida assistants with Dan Mullen and Steve Addazio facing off. Of course, in order to do this, BC will probably have to schedule a home and home, which would be fine.

Again, this is all just option for the Eagles, but when opportunities like this knock, Athletics Director Brad Bates needs to answer. Boston College can ill afford another 2015 schedule in 2016. BC needs to get butts in seats, and Maine/Howard isn't going to do that; BC needs to get better opponents from better conferences, something 2016 sorely lacks right now. Mississippi State wouldn't be the perfect option, but given the options out there, they may be one of the only options available.