I figured these guys looked like the real thing and they just may be. I picked the #11 Boston College Eagles to finish first in the ACC Atlantic Division. Thus far they have not disappointed.
The Eagles are four and zip, having defeated three division opponents, including Wake Forest (38- 28), NC State (37- 17) and #15 Georgia Tech (24- 10). In their last contest they hammered Army 37- 17.
One of the reasons is QB Matt Ryan. Ryan, a senior, has amassed 1,341 yards in four games and has completed 61.9% of his tosses. The signal caller currently has a 136.82 rating and 10 touchdowns. But his five interceptions are worrisome.
Of the teamâ€™s 483.8 total yards per game, 339 of those are passing. Still, the running game, which is good for 144.8 yards per game, has some solid performers. Senior RB Andre Callender has 58 carries for 348 yards and 3 TDs. Heâ€™s averaging 6.0 yards per carry. Senior L.V. Whitworth, also at running back, has been solid with 4.3 YPC over 38 touches. He has three touchdowns also.
BCâ€™s receiving corps features junior Brandon Robinson with 25 receptions, 14.1 yards per catch and three touchdowns and senior Kevin Challenger with 23 catches, 12.3 yards each reception and two touchdowns.
The Eagles have only 24 penalties, making them one of the least penalized teams in the conference, and theyâ€™ve managed to get 103 first downs, ranking them second in the conference in that category. They are second in 3rd down conversions and first in 4th down tries, going four for four in that area.
The team is second in scoring and first in overall yards.
#13 Clemson on November 17 will be tough as will #17 Virginia Tech on October 25. The Eagles also play Notre Dame on October 13. Ryan should be able to pick their secondary apart.
Watch the BC Eagles. I think they ARE for real in 2007.