(An outsiders musings about the goings on at The Heights, aka Boston College)
One of the intriguing parts about college football is that whenever you look at teams that are having problems, you can generally always find another team that is having even MORE problems.
Which brings us to The Heights and the ongoing story about the woes of BC and Eagle's coach Steve Addazio.
First the bad news. The Eagles are 4-6, with two games remaining--a home game against UConn on Saturday and a road game at Wake Forest next week.
They need to win both wins to guarantee a bowl slot. But the 4-6 record is deceiving. When the Eagles lose--they are 1-6 in the ACC this season--they have been beyond bad.
Here's are some numbers to ponder. In the previous THIRTY seasons, two BC teams have lost games by more than 40 points two times--in 1992 and 1995. In the past three MONTHS, BC has lost 3 games by more than 40 points and they lost a fourth game by 38.
But as bad as that has been, with questions swirling about the direction of a football program that is 1-14 in Atlantic Coast Conference play the past two seasons, BC will be facing a UConn team on Saturday that is facing bigger problems, both short term and long term.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]
The Huskies will stagger into Alumni Stadium with a 3-7 record. It hasn't been a good fall at all in Storrs. Hopes for inclusion into the Big 12 died when the conference rejected any expansion move. The Huskies are part of the American Athletic Conference, which sits outside the Power 5 conferences, with yearly revenue from television and media contracts less than half of what the ACC hands out to its teams.
As bad as BC football and basketball have been, the security blanket of the ACC remains secure. The same can't be said at UConn.
Adding to the depression in Storrs was the first week of the UConn's men's basketball season, with opening losses to Wagner and Northeastern. BC, of course, tried to match that when the men lost to Nicholls State in their opener and the women lost to Hartford.
With that as a back drop, BC goes into Saturday's game against the Huskies as a touchdown favorite, which probably says something about the reputation of both teams.
BC should win Saturday. The Eagles are better than the Huskies. They should win easily. And they need to win easily--in the 35-10 range--to put a positive spin on a season that can still be salvaged if they beat the Huskies and beat Wake Forest. If BC wants to be a winner, it needs to start acting like a winner.
At 6-6, the Eagles would have made a 3 game improvement over last season.
At 6-6, the Eagles will be in a bowl game.
At. 6-6, Addazio will be back as the coach of the Eagles' next season.
But-and there always is a but involving BC--what happens if BC loses to UConn and loses at Wake Forest? That would make them 4-8 and 1-15 in the ACC in the last two seasons.
Addazio, if he still survives, will be on the hottest of hot seats. It will be impossible to recruit for next season since every recruit will want to know about the future of the football coach. The Heights should be called The Dead Zone if that happens.
Addazio has said he will look at his quarterback situation and make a decision on whether to stick with senior graduate transfer Patrick Towles, or change to back up Darius Wade, who was the quarterback of the future until he was injured in the third game of the season last year against FSU.
Now, Wade is not even the QB of the present and the QB of the future seems to be freshman Anthony Brown, who Addazio also thinks is a future star. Ostensibly, Brown is being redshirted this season.
If Addazio really thinks that highly of Brown, he should play him against UConn and get a head start on the future.
That doesn't seem likely to happen, which means that the Eagles will use Towles and Wade and hope it is good enough to win at least one more game.[/membership]