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2008 Boston College Eagles Football Preview

2008 Boston College Eagles season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Boston College Eagles football preview as well as the 2008 Boston College Eagles Football Schedule. When betting on college football against the bookmakers odds dont dismiss our NCAA football picks to help build your bankroll this year.

Coach: Jeff Jagodzinski (2nd year at Boston College)
Team Name: Eagles
2007 Overall Record: 11-3
Returning Starters: 10

Last year proved to be a good one for the Boston College Eagles (11-3 overall, 6-2 ACC). They finished first in the Atlantic division, and although they lost the ACC title game to Virginia Tech 16-30, they earned a bowl berth. BC met Michigan State in the Champs Sports Bowl, winning 24-21. Is a bowl bid possible in 2008? The answer is simply, “No.”

In 2007, the Eagles offense posted the sixth best passing game in the nation. But QB Matt Ryan is gone and that’s left Boston College with untested senior QB Chris Crane (4 ATT, 2 COMP, 28 YDS, 0 TDs, 0 INT). He’s got big shoes to fill. More bad news—sophomore RB James McCluskey (8 CAR, 14 YDS, 0 TDs) is the team’s returning rushing leader. WR Rich Gunnell (64 REC, 931 YDS, 7 TDs) is back as the leading pass catcher in a receiving corps that brings back just about everyone. This group is the best part of the offense. The frontline is sound.

The Eagles were second nationally in rushing defense, holding teams to an average of 75.5 YPG. The frontline is exceptional. Junior Alex Albright returns as the club’s leading sack specialist with 8.5. Defensive tackles B.J. Raji and Ron Brace are major run stoppers. LB Mark Herzlich is back as the top tackler (77 and 55 solo). Senior SS Paul Anderson (2 INT) brings experience to an overall inexperienced secondary.

Five wins look assured and three loses a given. That leaves four swing contests that will make or break this team’s season. Three of those games—at NC State (October 4), at home with Virginia Tech (October 18) and at North Carolina (October 25)—are in a row. Their final regular-season game against Maryland on November 29 is also a tossup.

The Eagles minus star QB Matt Ryan are not the Eagles of old. This is a team that needs to rebuild. The defense is solid but the offense lacks pop. Head coach Jeff Jagodzinski had a fine rookie season in 2007 but look for him to dip into a sophomore slump. The Boston Eagles possess the longest active bowl-winning streak—eight victories. That string may not be broken in 2008 due to the fact that BC probably won’t make it to a post-season encounter.

Boston College Eagles Football Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Away
Aug 30
Kent State
Neutral
Sep 6
Georgia Tech
Home
Sep 20
UCF
Home
Sep 27
Rhode Island
Home
Oct 4
NC State
Away
Oct 18
Virginia Tech
Home
Oct 25
North Carolina
Away
Nov 1
Clemson
Home
Nov 8
Notre Dame
Home
Nov 15
Florida State
Away
Nov 22
Wake Forest
Away
Nov 29
Maryland
Home

 

For more info on the 2008 Boston College Eagles football program, view the Eagles sports website or scroll down below to read up on the rest of the ACC foes.

 

2008 ACC Football Team Previews

All teams from the ACC Coastal & Atlantic divisions are listed to the right. Clicking on the team link will give the individual preview. For all other teams visit the 2008 college football preview page.

At any time you may return to the Atlantic Coast Conference Preview page for our order of finish. Will Virginia Tech continue to dominate? Is Butch Davis ready to turn around the Tar Heels? Can Clemson ride Davis and Spiller to the title game? All questions are answered.


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