The 2019 Boston College football schedule was released recently, making it a great time to look ahead at the upcoming season. The Eagles, who finished 7-5 (4-4 ACC) in 2018, are looking to build on a strong defensive campaign, and hopefully see running back AJ Dillon return to his best in terms of both health and production.
BC kicks off its season with a difficult conference matchup against Virginia Tech on Saturday, August 31 at 4 pm in Chestnut Hill. The Eagles defeated the Hokies last season by a final score of 31-21 and will look to continue their winning streak against a Virginia Tech team that always seems to be on the periphery of college football’s elite.
BC’s out-of-conference schedule this season is not particularly strenuous with games against Richmond, Kansas, and Rutgers in September before a huge matchup with Notre Dame on November 23. This is somewhat concerning for the Eagles, who have not played particularly strong non-conference opponents in any of the past three seasons, considering how the playoff committee has put a large emphasis on out-of-conference strength of schedule.
2019 BC Football Schedule
Aug. 31 Vs. Va Tech*
Sept. 7 Vs. Richmond
Sept. 13 Vs. Kansas
Sept. 21 @ Rutgers
Sept. 28 Vs. Wake*
Oct. 5 @ LOU*
Oct. 19 Vs. NC State*
Oct. 26 @ Clemson*
Nov. 2 @ Syracuse*
Nov. 9 Vs. FSU*
Nov. 23 @ ND
Nov. 30 @ Pitt*
Other notable matchups are games away at Clemson and Syracuse in consecutive weeks on November 2 and November 9, respectively. Last year’s national champions lost a lot of talent on the defensive line to the draft, but the core backfield of Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne will likely keep the Tigers at the top of the ACC, and possibly even the nation, for the next two seasons.
The Syracuse matchup will be an interesting one, as the Eagles and the Orange fought it out for the title of “Best of the Rest” in the ACC Atlantic last season. Despite the fact that Cuse lost their biggest star in quarterback Eric Dungey to the NFL, they have filled the void immediately in Tommy DeVito, a redshirt sophomore who has been labeled a sneaky Heisman candidate by Saturday Blitz.
BC was absolutely drubbed by the Orange last year by a final score of 42-21, the Eagles’ largest loss of the campaign. However, AJ Dillon did not play in the second half of the game, making it difficult to judge the legitimacy of the scoreline. BC will undoubtedly be looking to improve on the previous result and overtake Syracuse as second to Clemson in the ACC Atlantic.
Prediction: 7-5 (4-4 ACC)
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