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Boston College released their 2021 schedule today and as always, there are a lot of intriguing non-conference and ACC games.
Full speed ahead to Sept. 4!
— BC Football (@BCFootball) January 28, 2021
Here are my thoughts on the Eagles schedule and how I thi no they’ll finish.
9/4: COLGATE: The Red Raiders are well coached and skilled but the Eagles should take care of business in their season opener.
9/11: @ UMass: The alumni of both schools are interested in these state rivals playing on a yearly basis. I don’t know if that is possible but the Eagles visit McGuirk Stadium in Amherst for the first time since in 1982.
Walt Bell’s squad is young and has a long way to go in terms of development so the Eagles should be heavily favored in this one.
Boston College has won 10 straight in the series and is 22-5 all-time against the Minutemen, including a 9-2 record on the road.
9/18: @ Temple: The Owls are coming off a tough season but Rod Carey always has his team ready to play.
This could be a tough game for the Eagles as Temple returns several key starters defensively but the Eagles should take care of business and start the season 3-0.
9/25: MISSOURI: The Eagles face an SEC opponent in the regular season which is rare for them. They usually play them in bowl games.
Tigers coach Eli Drinkwitz has done a tremendous job of turning around the Tigers. Missouri returns quarterback Connor Bazelak and solid skill group. Newly appointed defensive coordinator Steve Wilks will bring a pro-style defense to Mizzou. A defense that could pose some problems for the Eagles.
10/2: @ Clemson: The Eagles go back to Death Valley again after almost beating the Tigers there last season. The Eagles will be facing quarterback D.J Uiagalelei again but a vastly different skill group. Clemson is Clemson. They will still be good but the Eagles will have the opportunity to pull off the upset again.
10/16: N.C STATE: After their only bye of the season, the Eagles come back and host Dave Doeren’s Wolfpack. N.C State and Boston College always play, tight, down to the wire games and this one should be no different.
10/23: @ Louisville: The Eagles travel to Louisville this season after beating the Cardinals in a nail biter at the Heights last season. The Eagles lost a 41-39 heartbreaker to the Cardinals two years ago at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Expect another tight game.
10/30: @ Syracuse: The Eagles played arguably their worst offensive game of the season last season at Syracuse. Luckily the defense played their best game of the season. The Orange and the Eagles are old Big East rivals so Syracuse always gets up to play Boston College.
11/5: VIRGINIA TECH: The Eagles start a stretch of three of their last four games at home with the Hokies. Boston College beat Virginia Tech 31-28 to kick off the 2019 season at the Heights. After last season’s disappointing loss in Blacksburg, the Eagles will be looking for revenge.
11/13 @ Georgia Tech: The Eagles took care of the young Jackets at hone this season but I expect Georgia Tech to take a big leap forward in Geoff Collins third season at the helm. This will be a tough game for the Eagles.
11/20: FLORIDA STATE: It is always nice to get the Noles at home late in the season. However, be careful what you wish for. The last time Florida State visited the Heights was November of 2019. Despite playing for interim coach Odell Huggins, Florida State came away with a 38-31 win and spoiled the Red Bandana game. Florida State will be better under second year coach Mike Norvell. They can win here late in the season.
11/27: WAKE FOREST: Always a nip and tuck game between the Deacons and the Eagles and with possible bowl implications, expect this one to be no different.
Looking at the schedule, I see 9-3 or 8-4. I think this schedule gives the Eagles the opportunity to take that next step forward in Jeff Hafley’s second season. The Eagles are poised to breakthrough in 2021 and be a ranked team.