POINT/COUNTERPOINT: Will BC Football Make a Bowl Game
Strong Coaching And Offense Will Prevail
Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2013 01:09
A noticeable sense of excitement lingers in the air across the Boston College campus. The football team has begun to regain the attention of its peers after starting off the season with consecutive home victories, defeating Villanova and Wake Forest.
Despite an away loss to USC this past weekend, many believe the Eagles will cap off the season successfully. In order to do so, the Eagles team must make a bowl game, something that has not been done since the 2010 season. With an experienced coaching staff and an offense lead by veterans, the Eagles will win more than six games, surpassing the bowl eligibility mark.
A changed culture under this totally revamped crew of coaches will help BC earn its way into a bowl game. Head coach Steve Addazio knows a thing or two about what it takes to play in a bowl. Prior to coaching at BC and Temple, Addazio was an assistant coach for the Florida Gators from 2005-10.
During this time, the Gators made a bowl game all six seasons and won the national championship twice. Adazzio played a large role in the success of the team, as he was said to have individually worked with Heisman trophy winner and two-time national champion Tim Tebow.
With an accomplished head coach who has coached in the midst of big games, the Eagles’ vision of making a bowl will become a reality.
In his 32nd year of coaching, newly acquired defensive coordinator Don Brown looks to turn around a unit that struggled mightily a year ago. As defensive coordinator at UConn during the 2012 season, Brown helped lead a defense that allowed an average of 19.8 points per game. Just a year ago, the Eagles defense allowed an average of 29.7 points per game. If BC is able to reduce this number by nearly 10 points this year to 19.8, the offense will take care of the rest and work with the defense to make a bowl game.
Offensively, the Eagles are lead by three skillful seniors ready to take the team to a bowl game. Quarterback Chase Rettig enters this season as a four-year starter. Rettig looks to build off of last season, when he became the fourth quarterback in school history to pass for over 3,000 career yards. With 33 career starts under his belt, Rettig’s experience should allow him to close out the close games the Eagles were unable to win a year ago. Much of Rettig’s passing success could not be achieved without wide receiver Alex Amidon.
Amidon is coming off a year in which he set a single-season school record for receptions with 78, and receiving yards with 1,210. If Amidon can continue to pose as a threat offensively, the ground game will need to come in handy to counteract tight defensive coverage on receivers. Senior running back Andre Williams is a workhorse, looking to carry the ball as much as possible.
A year ago, Williams carried the ball 130 times over for a total of 584 yards, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. This year after just three games, Williams has already carried the ball 75 times for 356 yards. Offensively, these veterans have steadily lead the team. A year ago BC averaged 19.8 points per game. In order to make a bowl game, the Eagles should look to average between 23-25 points offensively. From there it will be up to the defense.
The bottom line is that the Eagles need four more wins to qualify for a bowl, while more wins would further help their cause. If the Eagles are able to score 23-25 points per game and hold opposing offenses with efficient defense, this feat is doable. If BC plays to its potential, then the team should be able to win its two remaining non-conference games against Army and New Mexico State.
From there, the Eagles need to win two or three in-conference games against NC State, Maryland, Syracuse, North Carolina, or Virginia Tech, assuming they did not pull off upsets against either Clemson or Florida State. With a coaching staff hungry to turn the program around, and a cast of veterans aware of what it takes to be successful, BC will accomplish its goal of making a bowl game.