Saturday, September 8, 2007
BC outclasses NC State 37-17
The question this game left me with was "Is BC that good or is NC State that bad?". It's always going to be some combination of the two, but I was leaning more towards the latter. Tom O'Brien decided to stick with quarterback Harrison Beck after the dismal performance in the Wolfpack's opening game of the season against UCF. Beck wouldn't show much improvement against a razor sharp BC secondary. Beck was making risky passes all day long and managed to put up 321 yards and went 26/50 on the day, but his haphazard decision making cost him as BC picked him off 5 times, not to mention Harrison's lost fumble. A mishandled snap by the NC State punter deep in NC State territory gave the Eagles the go ahead touchdown. Giving up 7 turnovers can make it difficult to win ball games.
The BC offense seemed to be upside down today with Matt Ryan being limited to 15/34 and 142 yards, a big difference from the impressive 32/52 and 408 yards he posted against Wake Forest last week. The biggest difference seemed to be with the receivers. Missed routes, dropped passes and a lack of open receivers held back the Boston College passing game. The Boston College run game which had looked so ineffective against Wake Forest managed to put itself together as Andre Callender had a breakout game with 158 yards on 18 carries and 2 TD's including a breakout run downfield for 69 yards.
BC gets it's first real test as they head down to Atlanta to take on #21 Georgia Tech and try to improve to 3-0 in the ACC. The Yellow Jackets put up an impressive 33-3 win over the overhyped Irish in week 1 and pounded on Samford this weekend. If the Eagles defense can continue to create turnovers and the offense is firing on all cylinders next weekend they could definitely beat the Yellow Jackets and become a solid fixture in the top 25.
Michigan continues it's downward spiral from their preseason hype as they were manhandled by the unranked Oregon ducks 39-7 in the worst loss for the program since 1968....oh how the mighty have fallen in the rankings.
This was a rough weekend for the ACC as Miami was routed by the Sooners, VT proved it couldn't hang tough with a real national title contender as they were destroyed by LSU and Florida State put up an unconvincing win against UAB. It seems the ACC's 3 most prominent football programs are again having down years. Again the less heralded programs like BC, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Wake Forest seem to be gaining the credibility for the ACC. If the ACC fails to put up a real contender in a BCS bowl this year it's automatic bid could be in jeopardy.