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BREAKING: Boston College Football Ranked 23rd in AP Poll, First National Ranking Since November 30th, 2008

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The Eagles had been absent from the rankings for nearly a decade

NCAA Football: Boston College at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

At 3-0 (1-0 ACC) and at 23rd in the AP Football Poll after a 41-34 win over Wake Forest, Boston College football is now nationally ranked for the first time since November 30th, 2008.

The Eagles’ extended absence from the rankings came after a Dominique Davis-led Boston College team fell to Virginia Tech in the 2008 ACC Championship Game under head coach Jeff Jagodzinski. BC dropped out of the poll from 18th, Frank Spaziani was promoted to head coach the following season, and the Eagles have not been ranked since.

But the little number next to “Boston College” is back! A return to the rankings this weekend (and hopefully for many upcoming weeks) marks a long-awaited return to national relevance and all the perks that go with it — ESPN will include BC’s football scores on the Bottom Line (it will typically scroll through the Top 25), games will be more likely to be picked up on TV rather than streamed online, and, if the Eagles can keep up their winning ways long enough, a chance for perhaps some prime-time football as the tough part of the conference schedule approaches.

All in all it will mean a significant increase in national coverage for the Eagles, which means there’s much more pressure for BC to keep it up. A stumble against Purdue or Temple would almost certainly see BC lose any hope of returning to the rankings again this year. But now that we’ve broken through that “Also Receiving Votes” ceiling, an extended winning streak should see a nice climb up the ranks for our Eagles.

Hopefully this is just the beginning of what could be a pretty special BC football season!