The Eagles will travel to Purdue for the 2018 season on September 22nd, with the Boilermakers returning the favor at Alumni Stadium in 2020 on September 26th. It will be the first time the two programs will play each other.
The schedule fulfills the Boston College scheduling requirement for a Power 5 opponent in those two seasons. The ACC, remaining at an eight game league schedule, will require its members to schedule P5 opponents beginning in '17. Boston College will play Notre Dame in both 2017 and 2019, with the 2017 game to be played in Chestnut Hill.
As of right now, the Eagles still need one non-conference game for both the '18 and '20 seasons. They will play UMass and Holy Cross during that season, with both of which are at home. In 2020, they will once again play the Crusaders, along with a home game against the MAC's Ohio Bobcats. They will still need two non-conference games in 2019, with their FCS requirement already used up thanks to a two-game series against CAA powerhouse Richmond that year.
The Eagles will play the Spiders in 2017, a season in which BC is already full up with non-conference opponents thanks to games against Notre Dame, Northern Illinois, and UConn, two of which (NIU and UConn) are on the road.
Purdue went 2-10 in 2015, their third year under head coach Darrell Hazell. They won only one game against FBS opponents—a league win over Nebraska on October 31st.
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