After last weekend’s beat down at the hands of Virginia Tech, Saturday’s home opener against Wagner should be a major pick-me-up game for Boston College Football. Though Wagner, a member of the Northeast Conference, is coming off a 38-0 shutout against Division II Concordia College, the Division 1AA school pales in comparison to its ACC foe.
Boston College had difficulty getting first downs in Blacksburg, resulting in extended time on the field for its usually reliable defense. This created noticeable fatigue on the defensive end; they ceded 49 points in a rare poor performance. In order to combat this, look for the Eagles to ground and pound on offense in order to give their defense some rest and a chance assert dominance when on the field.
On Saturday, Boston College will fight for their first home win in almost a year. Expect the team to come out hard early in the game in order to counter their performance in last weekend's loss. Watch out for the Eagles' trio of running backs, as they will be the integral players throughout the game. If last year’s 76-0 win against Howard was any indication of what to expect against a Division 1AA team, Saturday's matchup should go smoothly.
Bold prediction for the game: each of the three main tailbacks in the Eagles’ stable will rush for a touchdown.
Saturday’s opener should provide a distraction from the difficulties that BC has had in matchups with ACC opponents thus far. The 1 PM kickoff will hopefully jump-start the offense, as scoring touchdowns with ease could put the Eagles into the rhythm they have been searching for.
Wagner is not a Division I FBS school so there is no official line on Saturday’s game in Chestnut Hill, but the Eagles are the prohibitive favorites. That said, senior captains Truman Gutapfel, Tyler Rouse, Myles Willis, and John Johnson will not let expectations create complacency among their teammates. Saturday the Eagles will look to make the most of a golden opportunity by winning their first home game since September 26th of last year.
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