Looking to secure Steve Addazio’s first eight-win season, BC hosts No. 19 Syracuse on Saturday afternoon with both teams reeling after disappointing losses—the Eagles to FSU in a heartbreaker, and the Orange to Notre Dame in a rout.
For the last six years, a flawed offensive strategy and inattention to special teams has made it much more difficult than it should be for BC to win games.
A.J. Dillon can put up Heisman-like numbers, and BC’s defense can rank among the best in the ACC, but, at the end of the day, the team’s season rests in the hands of redshirt sophomore Anthony Brown.
BC, once the laughing stock of the conference, clocked in at fourth in ESPN’s ACC Preseason Power Rankings and fourth in the media’s ACC Preseason Poll—higher than the Eagles have ever been ranked in a Steve Addazio offseason.
Last season, BC rode a second half surge to the Pinstripe Bowl. After adding several new coaches and returning plenty of experience, the Eagles enter spring practice with an optimism unrivaled over the past few years.
Running back Jonathan Hilliman became the second prominent Eagle to transfer for his final year of eligibility, joining quarterback Darius Wade.
Eagles quarterback Darius Wade, a few days removed from starting the Pinstripe Bowl, announced he’s transferring to play out his fifth year of eligibility elsewhere.
The Eagles led by a touchdown at the break, but poor special teams and struggles to adjust to the harsh conditions resulted in a poor second half and a Pinstripe Bowl defeat at the hands of Iowa.
Even though BC outgained the Hawkeyes by 183 yards and controlled the clock, it turned the ball over three times, including twice in the fourth quarter, handing the New Era Pinstripe Bowl to its Big Ten foe.