The Boston College football season ended in a rather anticlimactic fashion this Wednesday after the Servpro First Responder Bowl against Boise State was canceled halfway through the first quarter due to lightning. The Eagles were leading 7-0 at the time of the cancellation, and to be fair they were looking dominant, but because the game was not finished, none of the statistics counted towards the season totals.
This feels appropriate, to sum up, the entire season: if it had never happened at all, would it really matter? The Eagles started off so well, going 3-0 in their first three games before getting blindsided by Purdue in late September by a final score of 30-13. BC would then go on to win four of their next five games, including impressive wins against Miami and Virginia Tech, before losing their final three to end the season with a 7-5 record and a 4-4 record in the ACC. Perhaps the early season hype and the high expectations surrounding the team were unfounded, but that doesn’t take away the feeling of disappointment for the players or the fans.
Although it feels as if the team underachieved, there were some individual moments and players that stood out in a positive way. AJ Dillon, the preseason conference player of the year did not live up to the hype, largely due to injuries, but he still had a solid season that can be built on next year, rushing for 1,108 yards and 10 touchdowns. Cornerback Hamp Cheevers was tied for the most interceptions in the country with seven, something that was rather unexpected. Even the much-maligned Anthony Brown took a positive step, throwing for 2,121 yards, 20 touchdowns, and nine interceptions with a passer rating of 134.8, all of which are better numbers than last season. The main problem was simply inconsistency, where the team could beat Miami by 13 one week, and lose to the worst Florida State team in the last decade two weeks later.
To the exasperation of many Eagles fans, head coach Steve Addazio was given a two-year extension that will keep him on the Heights until 2022. The head coach has taken much of the blame for moments of incompetence throughout the season, such as poor clock management at the end of the FSU game and infuriating predictable play calling that made it easy for defenses to guess what was going to happen next. With no change at the highest level for BC football, the future looks bleak and mediocrity looms over the horizon, seeing as Addazio has gone 38-38 in his six years at BC.
Next year will be a pivotal year for the Eagles, seeing as it’s likely the last year the team will be with AJ Dillon at running back. They simply cannot afford to have another 7-6 year playing in a meaningless bowl game, however, it appears that’s right where they are headed. BC has recruited pretty well, currently sitting with the 55th best class in the nation for next season, but they will likely lose much more talent than they’re gaining. Safety Lukas Denis and defensive end Zach Allen will be drafted into the NFL, both of whom will be extremely difficult to replace. It appears things will get worse before they get better for the Eagles, which is not a good sign for the program.
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