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Third Quarter Update: What the heck!

What a ride, what a ride.

In a downright stunning turn of events, the Boston College Eagles have won three consecutive ACC football games. Since the now infamous public evisceration of Steve Addazio by myself three weeks ago, BC has put up 121 total points, and has knocked off Louisville, Virginia, and Florida State.

This is not what I expected.

In my last quarterly update, I mentioned that this pre-bye week stoppage point might be the ideal point for the athletic department to relieve Steve of his duties. I also mentioned however, that I might have a false sense of hope instead. This college football stuff is like poetry. That sense of hope is stronger than ever.

The Eagles started off this run three weeks ago with a shocking win at Louisville. The offense came to life behind freshman running back AJ Dillon, who singlehandedly pounded the rock for 272 yards and four touchdowns. Colton Lichtenberg hit the game winning field goal as time expired, and the Eagles won 45-42.

The next week, BC marched into Charlottesville, kept the offense booming, and shut down UVA 41-10. This was the most dominant BC win I have seen against an FBS opponent during my time as a student.

This past Friday night, the Heights hosted the annual Red Bandana game, which honors the memory of legendary alumnus Welles Crowther and the sacrifice he made on September 11th. This is always a big game for the Eagles, and they saw the underperforming Florida State Seminoles come to town this year.

The Eagles absolutely obliterated FSU. A final score of 35-3 was reached thanks to a dominant defensive performance and a consistent. A powerful run game and a lack of turnovers helped BC put points on the board. The student body rushed the field after the win, and the Eagles find themselves on the verge of a fourth bowl appearance in five years.

“It’ll come together, and it’ll be beautiful” , is what Coach Addazio promised the BC fan base after the embarrassing showing at home against Virginia Tech. Three weeks ago, you couldn’t have found anyone more on board with the ousting of Steve Addazio than me. After the past three weeks though, I’m starting to believe that maybe, just maybe, things are going to stay beautiful.

Going forward, BC has a great opportunity to finish above .500 in conference play and to make a more premier bowl game than fans may have thought possible this year. After the upcoming bye, the Eagles get the NC State Wolfpack, who will be reeling after a tough loss at ND this week and a game with Clemson next week. Following that final home game, BC will be the away team in a Fenway game against UConn, and then will wrap up the season in Syracuse against the Orange.

There is a very reasonable chance that BC can win all of those games, but I know not to expect that sort of success. Realistically, I think BC will beat out UConn easily, and than sneak out of the Carrier Dome with a win against Syracuse. This would put BC at 7-5, with four wins and four losses in ACC play. A respectable record.

If the Eagles can get into a bowl game above .500, and can walk out with an eighth (or ninth) win, then maybe my long war with Steve can be justified for another majestic fall on the Heights. Realistically, if this play continues, I don’t see Addazio being let go quite yet. Regardless, I couldn’t be happier that this team has finally come together.

I certainly haven’t been the most complimentary fan over the past four seasons, but I doubt you can find many people who care more about the success of the Eagles than me. Keep being beautiful.

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