Saturday night marks a rare prime time nationally televised game for the host Boston College Eagles. The Eagles do not get the opportunity to showcase themselves as host for the rest of the country and thus have made a move this week to create a little bit of a buzz for this week’s game. After getting off to a 2-0 start against inferior opponents in Weber St. and the Kent St. Golden Flashes, the Eagles received a rude awakening with last week’s visit from the Virginia Tech Hokies. The BC defense held up, but the offense was just downright offensive. The Eagles were shut out for the first time since 1998 and the former starting quarterback Dave Shinskie was benched for perhaps the final time this season as it has already been announced that he has been demoted. Coach Frank Spaziani has been keeping the official announcement of this week’s starter somewhat of a mystery, but it has been reported that heralded freshman Chase Rettig has been receiving a majority of the first string snaps in practice this week. Sophomore Mike Marscovetra is supposedly still in the running and coach Spaz has to hope that either one of those two cannot be worse than what Shinskie has given them so far. Marscovetra has had some unispiring spurts throughout the last two games in relief of Shinskie, but he had been unable to take the starting job from him. Perhaps this is why Rettig may get the call this week. If neither one of the quarterbacks has been able to WIN the starting job, why not give it to the freshman phenom and get his college career under way. This is similar to trial by fire, but at the same time he is starting for Boston College and not for a school such as Alabama, Georgia or USC. After Saturday night’s game, there will not be a ton of media or fan scrutiny bestowed upon the kid. If he can live up to the recruiting rankings, Rettig has a chance to salvage what could possibly be as good as an ACC championship season. It all starts Saturday night against Catholic rival Notre Dame. The Irish bring in their highly ranked passing attack against what is a nationally underlooked Eagle defense. The recipe for success will be to rely on running back Montel Harris who has excelled behind a veteran offensive line and was the lone offensive bright spot with 132 total yards in the game. Both of the Eagles and the Irish will be fighting hard for what is their first must win game on each side this season. For the Eagles, they do not want to drop two in a row at home, and the Irish cannot afford a 1-4 start on the season. Notre Dame has had a tough time stopping the run so the Eagles will look to Harris to help ease the transition for either of the two quarterbacks that starts. I would also say that I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some combination of both quarterbacks Saturday night due to some struggles and potential jitters. This should be a fun one and I am predicting that the Eagles will win with some ball control, strong defense, and by minimizing the quarterback mistakes that plagued them last week against the Hokies. BC prevails with a 20 to 14 victory.
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Written by Bob
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