Saturday, September 29, 2012

BC Drops to 1-3

BC certainly played better than expected tonight against Clemson, but still lost by two touchdowns.  We competed with a team that is only one week away from being in national title talks, and I thought the guys came out and played their best game of the season.  We had several opportunities to make a real game of this in the 4th quarter, including when Clemson allowed us to start with the ball in their territory three times.  You just don't get better opportunities than that to score against ranked opponents. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Prediction for Saturday's Game: Pain

A little grainy, but you get the point.  As I've said time and time again, this has nothing to do with our boys or the talent on the team.  This team has talent and certainly enough pieces to string together quality wins.  There's no reason that this offense can't put up 20+ points every game.  Our defensive doesn't have any less overall talent than it's had in some previous years, even if it doesn't have a stud like LK or Herzlich. 

Instead, this has everything to do with the coaches not putting the players in a position to win.  Bad game management, lack of preparation, no complexity in the defensive schemes, no willingness to try something new...The coaching on this team is putting these guys in the position where they're getting knocked out by top-tier ACC opponents.  You can't tell me that Nick Saban wouldn't win 9+ games with these guys.  Coaching makes a huge difference in college football and we're getting out-coached at every turn right now.  Bad coaching puts your team in the position of getting embarrassed by opponents and if we get embarrassed by Clemson on Saturday, I place the blame at the feet of Spaz and not the players who are doing the best they can with the leadership they've been given.

I expect our players to play hard on Saturday.  I expect them to play to win, and I expect them to represent BC to the best of their ability both in their play and in their demeanor.  I think it's a shame, and frankly indefensible, that they haven't been given the tools they deserve to fight back effectively. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

New Head Coach Power Rankings

It's that time of year again (as in we're three games into the season)!  With an uninspired loss to Northwestern, it looks like the Eagles are highly unlikely to be bowl eligible this year, again.  It's honestly a matter of time before Spaz gets fired or retires.  I've done some preliminary research into possible replacement candidates, but if you have other names you would like to see considered, feel free to use the comment section.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Could Northwestern be a Must-Win for Spaz?

It's really early in the season to be talking about "must-win" games, but I wonder what the odds of Spaz keeping his job are if the Eagles fall to Northwestern on Saturday.  I'm not saying that he will be immediately fired, but I am operating under the assumption that Spaz will not be back next year if we do not go to a bowl.  While a loss to Northwest wouldn't preclude bowl eligibility, it would certainly make things more complicated at 1-2. 

Irish Moving to ACC Analysis

What has been long speculated finally happened as the University of Notre Dame moves to the ACC in all sports except football.  The ACC seemed to be the natural fit for Notre Dame in nearly all conference realignment scenarios, and making the move early, before any crisis scenario appears, ensures the stability of the ACC, and therefore Notre Dame, long term.  This move simply made too much sense not to happen.

That being said, there are a lot of factors here to break down, and I'd like to move through them one by one.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

11 Years Later

Today is a great opportunity for us to take a step back from Boston College Athletics and look at the larger picture of what BC tries to accomplish as a Catholic educational institution.  The idea that BC graduates should strive "ever to excel" goes beyond the playing field, and is encompassed by the notion "men and women for others."  Welles Crowther became a "man for others" on September 11, 2001, and his sacrifice should be something we all aspire to. 

Thankfully, many of us will never experience the extreme circumstances Crowther was thrust into 11 years ago, but it is important to remember that being a man or woman for others should be a daily attitude.  The small sacrifices we make each day for others helps fulfill the mission of the university to form graduates who are conscious of the fact that they are called to serve a cause greater than themselves.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Spaz thinks Eagles have potential

Another year, another round of talk about how good this team could be if things were different.  Four years into the Spaz era and we're still talking about potential.  If BC players never got injured, if we never fumbled, and if the players always correctly executed the plays the coaches drew we would be a championship caliber team. 

Saturday Grades: Offense

The offense took a while to warm up Saturday, something it will not be able to afford next week at Northwestern.  As a group, I thought the offense played very mediocre football on Saturday, and frankly I don't think they showed any improvement from the previous week's impressive performance against Miami.  Unless this team starts playing cleaner football, with less turnovers and missed tackles, we're likely in for another long (or short...depending on how you look at it) year.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

BC Rolls Maine 34-3

This wasn't exactly the resounding victory that I was hoping for coming into today but it gets us into the win column.  Overall, I still think that there has to be a concern about this team's fundamentals.  There were inexcusable turnovers and missed tackles throughout the game today, and we won't be able to overcome those types of mistakes against the top-tier ACC opponents we have coming up.  Rettig and the offense had a very average day but the defense played well enough to keep Maine off the scoreboard for the most part.  I am convinced that the defensive line is better than what I gave it credit for coming into the year, but our corners still concern me in a major way.

Unit by unit breakdown to come over the next few days.

Pre-Game Thoughts

While the Maine marching band is playing Shania Twain's "Feel Like a Woman" in the quad I'll jot down a few of my pre-game goals for the team coming into today's game.  Coming off a tough loss against Miami, the team should use today as an opportunity to work out some of their problems on offense and defense before traveling to Northwestern next week.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Grading the Defense

As good as the offense was on Saturday, the defense was almost as bad.  This is not something we're used to seeing from Spaziani, who has made his reputation by producing tough defenses that are focused on stopping the run year in and year out.  This is now the second year in a row where the defense has gotten lit up in week one, and it will be interesting to see whether Spaz can turn things around on that front with a tough Northwestern offense looming just two weeks from now.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Grading the Offense

BC combined for 508 yards of total offense with 402 passing yards and 106 yards on the ground.  It's really tough to swallow a loss when you see the typically anemic offense put up video game numbers.  Whatever questions there were about Rettig being an ACC quarterback were answered in the first game of the season.  This is the type of offense you would expect to see on a nine win team.  Here are the grades by position.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

BC Opens Season with 41-32 Loss to Miami

This game felt a lot closer than it was.  Even if we converted that final touchdown, we would have been down four having to attempt an on-side kick.  It was a valiant effort by Chase Rettig and the offense, but I really do believe that this is a game that we should have won, and I don't think anybody believes that we should have lost to Miami by more than one score.  In a nutshell, our offense looks much improved from last year but our defense really seems to have taken a step back.

It's a New Season

Forget last year.  Forget the direction you think the program is moving in.  Today is a new day and a new season.  We don't know what this season holds for BC football, but we have a duty as alumns and students to support our student athletes as they try to compete for an ACC Championship.  I'm not saying that this team will be as good as the '07 Eagles, but today is the day we can put aside our questions and doubts about the program's leadership and come together as a community.  Go Eagles!