The Eagles finally have a blueprint for success after years of inconsistency. Boston College has an identity and head coach Steve Addazio is the reason. In two seasons with the Eagles, Addazio turned a 2-10 program around to a bowl-eligible squad. Boston College plays a physical brand of football on both ends. It’s the fact that Addazio has accomplished this feat with back-to-back seasons of returning a combined 18 starters, (9 each season) while losing his starting quarterback in consecutive seasons that’s most impressive. We all know what the playbook is going to be, the unknown is the level of talent the coaching staff has to work with.

Last Season
ACC (Atlantic)
Record
ATS Record
Over/Under
Points For
Points Against
4th
7-6
8-5
6-7
26.2
21.3
2015 Schedule
Date Opponent
Spread (Est.)
Win Chance
9/5 Maine -28 1
9/12 Howard -34
1
9/18 Florida State +14
0.15
9/26 Northern Illinois -10 0.77
10/3 @ Duke +3.5
0.39
10/10 Wake Forest -20.5
1
10/17 @ Clemson +14.5
0.13
10/24 @ Louisville +10
0.23
10/31 Virginia Tech -2.5
0.54
11/7 NC State PK
0.50
11/21 @ Notre Dame +13
0.17
11/28 @ Syracuse -7.5
0.73
Estimated Wins: 6.61

Boston College opens up with two fairly easy non-conference games at home against Maine and Howard. In the match-up with Maine last season, QB Darius Wade saw some of his first action in the 40-10 blowout. The next game is against FSU at home, and I’m sure the tight contest last year is still on the minds of the veteran Eagles on that roster. After the Seminoles, BC faces N. Illinois, a team unfamiliar to the Eagles. The Eagles play their first four games at home before going on the road to play Duke, their first conference game of the season. In fact, only 4 of their 12 games this season are on the highway. The Eagles then return home to play Wake Forest, and then it’s back on the road against Clemson and Louisville, two teams the Eagles lost to fairly easily last season. BC follows that up with a four game stretch in which they went 3-1 last season with Virginia Tech, NC State, Notre Dame and Syracuse.

I can see the Eagles winning their non-conference games and if they are lucky enough to make this young offensive line produce quality results, maybe they stir things up in the ACC. I could see a lot of parity in this division, which is up for grabs in my opinion.

Roster Breakdown

Former offensive coordinator Ryan Day is now the quarterback coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, so it’s up to new OC Todd Fitch to implement his new system. He’s doing this with an offensive line that replaces five starters. Day will probably lean on sixth-year senior Harris Williams, who can play either center or guard, to step into a leadership role for this green offensive line.

The QB position will be more than likely filled by sophomore Darius Wade by week one. The other two options have zero game experience. Elijah Robinson is a freshman and sophomore Troy Flutie has yet to see the field. Wade played in two blowouts last year, throwing a combined eight passes and converting three. Tight End Dan Crimmins was expected to be the primary target, but as of now he is listed on the roster but his status is uncertain.

The running game should be decent with sophomore running back Jon Hilliman leading the way. Hilliman ran for 830 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, and will lead a quartet of backs including Miles Willis, Marcus Outlaw and Tyler Rouse. Sherman Alston figures to be the fly-sweep guy and should get plenty of carries when he’s in motion after lining up in the slot.

Defensive coordinator Don Brown has a certain brand of defense with a lot of focus on the front seven and uses a lot of elaborate blitzes. We might see an encore performance by the Eagles this year after finishing last season second in overall defensive statistics against the run, trailing only Michigan State.

Unlike the offense, the defense has some familiar faces coming back with five of their front seven returning, including three defensive linemen. The linebackers are led by senior Steven Daniels, who was second on the team last season with 72 tackles and 7 for a loss. The secondary is where the team’s leading tackler Justin Simmons roams. He made 76 stops, got two picks last year, and can play both free safety and cornerback.

Odds
Regular Season Win Total
ACC Championship Odds
National Championship Odds
5.5
+10000
+50000
Odds Courtesty of Bovada
Season Predictions

Addazio definitely has this program going in the right direction.  Whether or not the Eagles get over that hurdle to be a serious contender in the ACC is the 64,000 dollar question. The defense should be good enough to keep BC in most of their games this season, but were talking about a program that had four of their six losses by four points or less last year. The offense will be relied upon to convert points in late-game situations, and that’s the huge what-if entering this Fall.

I really believe they can beat their win total this season considering the soft non-conference schedule and the fact the majority of games are at home. The Eagles get another crack at Notre Dame this season, and they have their bye week to prepare for the Irish, and they get them at home.  If the Eagles can scrape together three wins in conference play, the over should cash.

2015 Projections
ACC (Atlantic)
ACC Record
Overall Record
Win Total Prediction
5th
3-5
6-6
OVER 5.5

I asked some other experts on Boston College football what they thought about the Eagles’ upcoming season. Here’s what they had to say.

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ASA
ASAWins.com

OVER 5.5 Wins – Head coach Steve Addazio has Boston College moving in the right direction. After back-to-back bowl appearances we think they have a great shot at another, thus we lean to the OVER 5.5 wins here. They finished 7-6 last year and three of those losses came by four points or less, including tight setbacks to Florida St & Clemson. The running game should be solid if the new offensive line comes together. The defense, which ranked 2nd nationally against the run, returns five of their front seven. The Eagles play only four true road games and their non-conference slate includes Maine, Howard, and Northern Illinois.

Ben Ross

Ben Ross
Boston.SunTimes.com

OVER 5.5 Wins – At first I thought the under would be a lock for Boston College, as new quarterback+new offensive coordinator+five new offensive lineman generally spells disaster, but I like the direction Addazio is taking this program, and there’s enough cupcakes on the schedule where all BC really needs to do is upset just one or two teams to hit six wins.

AJ Black

AJ Black
BCInterruption.com

OVER 5.5 Wins – This seems like a slam dunk bet for me. The Eagles have two early games against FCS squads Maine and Howard so that should be two easy wins for them. Add on to that a Wake Forest and Syracuse squad that seem to be just treading water and that’s an easy four wins. The Eagles return a strong defensive front seven and a very talented running back group that may be the deepest in the ACC. Couple that with the coaching of Steve Addazio that finds a way to keep BC competitive against just about everyone and I think it’s easy that BC finds at least three more wins and becomes bowl eligible for the third straight season.

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