2013 ACC Previews: Boston College
By Eric Russell
As the college football season draws closer it is time to take a look at each team in the ACC and their outlook for 2013. We will look at what to expect from your favorite team and what it will take for 2013 to be a success. We will follow the predicted finishing order released during ACC media day, alternating between the Coastal and Atlantic Division. Next up is Boston College.
Head Coach: Steve Addazio (first season)
Last Season: The Eagles sputtered to a 2-10 overall record and a 1-7 conference mark, landing them at the bottom of the Atlantic Division and last in the conference overall. It was Boston College's second year missing out on a bowl game and resulted in the termination of Frank Spaziani's contract. Boston College's issues last season were plentiful, but the main detriment to the team was the offense's inability to keep the ball. The team ranked 115th in the nation in time of possession last season. The offensive woes were accentuated by the Eagles' defense getting picked apart, giving up more than 25 points nine times.
Key Loses: The biggest loss will come at linebacker, where the team will be without the leading tackler in the ACC from last season. Nick Clancy graduated, but the program is pretty set at linebacker without him.
What To Expect On Offense: The Eagles will have their two leading weapons on offense back in the fold as Chase Rettig and Alex Amindon both enter their senior season. Amindon, Rettig's favorite target, racked up 1,210 of Rettig's 3,000-plus yards. Addazio plans to tailor his offensive philosophy to fit Rettig's skill set. However, the passing game isn't the major issue for the Eagles. Addazio, a self-proclaimed "run game guy," will be faced with the task of turning around a rushing attack that combined for 1,091 yards and seven touchdowns as a team. Forty-four individual FBS players finished the season with more yardage than the Boston College team. Many of the starters from the offensive line return and any improvement they show from the dismal 2012 will be welcomed.
What To Expect On Defense: The defense is ahead of the offense in terms of production, but that still doesn't mean much. This year, much like last season, they will be strongest at linebacker with the likes of Kevin Pierre-Louis manning the position. The problem for the Eagles may come in the secondary, which was also a sore spot for the defense last season. The secondary is young and if last season is any indication of how this year will go, they won't get much help in terms of a pass rush from the guys up front. To make a long story short, the defense is another reason for Boston College to worry.
Breakout Star: Kevin Pierre-Louis got much of the attention in the offseason, but fellow linebacker Steele Divitto will have a huge impact on the season as well. Divitto finished last year with 92 tackles and looks to build on the success.
Big Games: During an eight-week stretch from Sept. 14 to the beginning of November, Boston College will face USC, Florida State, Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. The team does have a bye week prior to both the Florida State and North Carolina games, but Addazio's crew still will have their work cut out for them. The Eagles' primetime conference opener against Wake Forest could be where they pick up a scarce ACC win.
Outlook: There just isn't enough talent on the roster to make the Eagles a real contender in the ACC this year. Combined with a running game that likely will struggle again and a tough conference schedule, it's easy to see why the media has Boston College spending another year at the bottom of the conference standings.
Predicted Record: 4-8 (1-7 ACC)