(An outsiders musings about goings on at The Heights, aka Boston College)
It was supposed to be better. Maybe not much better. But better. A near miss against Georgia Tech and a solid win over UMass raised expectations.
In fact, A Jersey Guy actually thought that Boston College had a chance to win on Saturday in Blacksburg against Virginia Tech. Something about a better than average defense and an offense that had shown signs of life the last two weeks.
What a silly thought. But then again, A Jersey Guy actually thought that Florida State would slow down and even find a way to beat Louisville. But as my buddy the newly retired columnist from the Providence Journal Jim Donaldson suggested, "I know nothing'' when I picked Florida State. He picked the Cardinals, but he also picked the Arizona Cardinals to handle the Patriots a week ago. So it goes.
Louisville's 63-20 win should have been a sign that things would not go well in Blacksburg for Coach Steve Addazio's Boston College Eagles.
Not go well? Aside from an opening drive which looked promising until the Eagles' fumbled the ball away at the Virginia Tech 33. It would be the closest BC would come to the end zone all afternoon in a 49-0 loss, the most one-sided defeat the Eagles have suffered in 66 years, dating back to a 54-0 loss at Ole Miss on Oct. 7 1950.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]
That's a lot of years and a lot of losses, including 1978 when the Eagles went 0-11.
How bad was it? Virginia Tech had more TDs (7) than BC had first downs. The Eagles managed 124 yards in total offense and allowed 476 total yards. They dropped passes, committed penalties (12 for 93 yards) and turned the ball over twice.
The match up between VT defensive coordinator Bud Foster and new BC offensive coordinator Scott Loeffler, who spent the last three seasons as VTech's offensive coordinator, was a mismatch in Foster's favor.
BC fans would love to write this one off as an aberration. Bad stuff generally happens to the Eagles in Blacksburg unless Matt Ryan is your QB. But the Eagles' QB on Saturday was Patrick Towles, a graduate transfer from Kentucky. I know the Matt Ryan that played at BC and took the Eagles to the ACC championship game. Patrick Towles is no Matt Ryan.
But then again this should not have been a surprise. It was an ACC game and the Eagles have not won one of those in football since November 29, 2014. The streak is now 10 games in football and includes all the Eagles' ACC games in basketball last season as well.
BC's next ACC game is Oct. 7 when Clemson comes to The Heights for a Friday night ESPN game. Want to take odds on BC winning that one? They then have a week off--technically the term is off week, but in ACC play -- every week for almost two years has been an "off week'' for BC.
Syracuse comes to BC on Oct. 22 and it would be fitting for BC to end the streak against the last ACC team it beat, but Syracuse gave Louisville a game for a half before being run over by the Cardinals attack. Who knows?
That is followed by a road game at North Carolina State, which is winnable, but road games are road games. Then, Louisville comes to Boston for a visit, which is followed by a trip to Florida State.
You get the picture? It's not pleasant is it?
So the question now is what is ? The future of successful football at BC? The operative word is successful. Addazio has a contract that runs through 2019, which means any change will cost BC lots of cash. Athletic Director Brad Bates' contract runs out next spring and there has been no talk of renewal. Even BC President Father Leahy's future is cloudy, with some chatter that he might retire by the end of the school year.
No one can be happy with this trend.
After Saturday's game, Addazio did not mince words. ""Obviously we played poorly today,'' he said. We got our butts whipped and this is the tale of the day.''
Nor were any excuses coming from the players. ""There isn't much to say,'' said Towles. We got our butts kicked today in all three facets. They outplayed us all four quarters.''
The danger here is that the Eagles might get a false positive test the next few weeks, which feature non-conference home games against Wagner and Buffalo.
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