Previewing 2020 Football: Vs. Texas State
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Previewing 2020 Football: Vs. Texas State

Who is BC playing?

Texas State 

When is BC playing?

Saturday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m.

Where is BC playing?

Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

How to watch:

The game will be live streamed on the ESPN3, NESN+,  and the ESPN app.

How to listen:

Audio broadcast of the game will be streamed via BCEagles.com.

Matchup 

This is the first time in Boston College football history that the Eagles will square off against Texas State. The Bobcats come into the game with a 1-2 record after dropping two close games to in-state rivals Southern Methodist and University of Texas San Antonio, while earning a victory over Louisiana-Monroe. The Eagles are hot off of a 26-6 win over Duke, dropping the Blue Devils to 0-2 thanks to a loss to then-No. 10 Notre Dame in the previous week. The Eagles open up as 18-point favorites in this weekend’s contest.

In his second year with the Bobcats, head coach Jake Spavital aims to bring their record back to .500. Jeff Hafley looks to remain undefeated with his second win as head coach and secure a victory in the Eagles’ only non-conference matchup of the year. 

What to Expect from Texas State

Offense

Sophomore quarterback Brady McBride—originally named as the Bobcats’ starter—spent the last two weeks unavailable due to COVID-19 protocols, making way for junior Tyler Vitt. In only two games, Vitt has thrown for 602 yards, six touchdowns and two picks. With McBride returning to play and Vitt stepping up in his absence, Spavital told ESPN earlier in the week that he has made no decision regarding how the Bobcats will lineup at QB against the Eagles. 

Last season, the Eagles’ secondary struggled immensely, ranking 122nd in passing yards allowed per game. Under defensive specialist Hafley, BC’s secondary looked much improved against Duke, forcing two fumbles—a third came from BC’s D-line—and picking off Duke QB Chase Brice twice. 

On the ground, Texas State’s leading rusher and redshirt freshman Calvin Hill has notched just over 200 yards total over the Bobcats’ first three contests.

Defense

The Bobcats showcased the second-best pass defense in the Sun Belt last season—after Louisiana—but are without three top defensive players from 2019 and 13 of their top 20 tacklers. As a result, the team has allowed an average of 33 points per game through their first three contests this year. 

Among the players to watch is linebacker Gavin Graham, who has racked up 22 solo tackles and a sack in the young season. Corners Jarron Morris and Khambrail Winters will also be key parts of the game, as they will be tasked with neutralizing BC’s receiving corps, including  Zay Flowers, who started the 2020 season with a career game at Duke. 

Outlook

In his postgame interview last week, Hafley expressed his pride in the team following their win in Durham, but he made it clear there is still work to be done. On Wednesday, Hafley described his game one play-calling as “vanilla,” saying that he hopes to spice up the playbook moving forward. Boston College looked like a completely different team than it did during the Addazio era, and knowing Jeff Hafley has more in his back pocket gives the Bobcats more reason to be nervous. 

Featured Image by Nell Redmond via ACC Media

September 24, 2020
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