It looks like it will be another long weekend for the Eagles, as the Clemson Tigers come to Chestnut Hill. In the midst of a five game losing streak, the Eagles will need to pull a rabbit out of their hat on Saturday to defeat the Tigers.
Despite a 4-3 record on the season, the Tigers are amongst the most athletic teams in the nation. As fans have already witnessed in losses against Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, and North Carolina State, the Eagles struggle mightily to contain teams that create mismatches with the Boston College linebackers – who no matter the situation, stay on the field. With senior captain Wes Davis and Alex Albright ruled out for the game, the Eagles will be relying heavily on relatively untested sophomore’s Okechukwu Okoroha and Max Holloway to perform on Saturday. While a difficult task, the Eagles defense has been playing well of late, and I expect them to have another solid performance on Saturday. Unfortunately, with an offense that may give up more points on turnovers than it scores, the Eagles defense’s efforts may very well end up being futile.
Montel Harris has finally found found his stride, after rushing for 191 yards and 116 yards over the last two weeks, including two scores against the Maryland Terrapins last Saturday. Unfortunately, the Eagles struggles at quarterback have continued, as true freshman quarterback Chase Rettig has been inconsistent. As has been true all season, teams continue to stack the box, daring the Eagles the beat them over the top. Because of Rettig’s struggles, and the hyper-conservative play calling of offensive coordinator Gary Tranquil – known to many Eagles fans as Nyquil – the Eagles have been reluctant and unsuccessful in doing so. Do not expect much to change on Saturday, as in one of the toughest tests of the season, Tranquil will almost certainly put the bulk of the offense on the shoulders of Montel Harris. As has been the trend in the past few games, expect the Eagles offense to come out with some success, only to stutter in the second half.
After pre-season hopes of an ACC title, the Tigers have stumbled this season. However, in their three losses, the Tigers have lost only by a combined 17 points. With a defense highlighted by NFL Prospects Da’Quan Bowers, and DeAndre Michael, the struggling Eagles offense will face one of the toughest tests of the season. The Clemson defense is agressive, and athletic, and will certainly be looking to force turnovers against a quarterback that has been erratic in each of his starts.
On offense, the Tigers are led by sophomore quarterback Kyle Parker, who turned down a multi-million dollar contract after being drafted in the first round by the Colorado Rockies. On the season, the Tigers have averaged 30.3 points a game, good for 47th in the nation, a far cry from Boston College’s 104th ranked offense that puts up 19.1 points a game. After losing C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford to the draft last year, the Tigers have relied heavily on sophomore running back Andre Ellington, who has averaged 6.3 yards per carry on the season. Sophomore’s Dwayne Allen and Jaron Brown lead the Tigers receivers with 269 and 215 yards respectively on the season.
Prediction: At this point in the season, fans should just hope that the Eagles do not get blown out against the Tigers – a team more than capable of doing just that. Do not be fooled by the Tigers record, as they are one of the best teams in the conference. The Eagles, on the other hand, are quickly sliding towards one of the worst seasons in their history. Look for much of the same this week, as the Eagles will once again try to win on the back of its defense. Clemson 31 – Boston College 13.
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Written by Ian Boynton
Student at Boston College. Avid fan of St. Louis Rams, Boston Red Sox, as well as all Boston College Sports.