Boston College Football Predictions For 2020 Season

A.J. Black

It has been over six months since Boston College has played a game in any sport, and that all will change on Saturday. The Eagles kick off their 2020 season against the Duke Blue Devils (0-1) at noon in Durham, North Carolina. On this site we have given in-depth break downs of almost everyone on the roster (click here), giving the highs and lows, and roundtable discussions of the upcoming season. Today will be the season predictions. Many have asked what our actually predictions will be, and here they are. 

Four Predictions

* Don't be surprised if the season starts off sloppy. Watching college football yesterday, one underlying theme was the messiness of play, especially on offense. It took teams a bit of time before teams started to connect, but there were loads of games that were just messy from start to finish. Boston College could easily have that issue as well when they kickoff against a team who already has a game under their belt.

*The key to the offense will be the offensive line. We have mentioned it numerous times on the site, but it bears repeating, the offensive line is going to be very good. I predict the Boston College offense will click this year both through the air and on the ground. There will be stars developed this year, players like Hunter Long, Phil Jurkovec and Zay Flowers, but it all starts up front. The big guys are going to have a big year and it will help build everything else around them. 

* The defense will improve, but will still be middle of the road. Hopefully this will be the last time we have to talk about the 2019 defense, because it was one of the worst in recent BC history. Jeff Hafley coming to Boston College in itself should improve the defense, but he also brought along three defensive transfers, and should be able to coach up the players they have. Don't expect BC to go from 120th to 10th overnight, but a good showing and expectation around the 50th percentile is a reasonable and expected end result. 

*Jeff Hafley's in game coaching will be a big step up from Addazio's. One of the biggest question marks going into this season has to be how first time head coach Jeff Hafley handles those big in game moments. To this point in his career he has only dealt with the defenses, but now the entire game is his to manage. He will have his lieutenant Frank Cignetti Jr. to help with the offense, but how will Hafley handle a 4th and 1 from the opposing 32 yard line, or what will his two minute drill philosophy be? Former head coach Steve Addazio was inconsistent with his decision making, vacillating between aggressive or conservative throughout the game. This is just a prediction and based on what he has said at press conference, but expect Hafley to be more consistent and put BC in better position to win closer games down the stretch. 

Game by Game Prediction:

@ Duke (9/19): Win
vs. Texas State (9/26): Win
vs. UNC (10/3): Loss
vs. Pitt (10/10): Win
@ VT (10/17): Loss
vs. GT (10/24): Win
@ Clemson (10/31): Loss
@ Cuse (11/7): Win
vs. ND (11/14): Loss
Bye
vs. L'Ville (11/28): Win
@ UVA (12/5): Win

Season Projected W/L: 7-4
(The Louisville and UNC game I've cycled back and forth between for weeks, I'm going to go with a BC win over UL now because of how late in the season the game comes)

Offensive MVP: David Bailey

Defensive MVP: Max Richardson

Surprise of the Year: Mike Palmer

Do you agree or disagree with my assessment? Leave your projections in the comment section. 

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Comments (24)
No. 1-11
azbc
azbc

6-5. Wins over Duke (narrowly), Texas State, VT, GT, Syracuse, and Louisville. The season is capped off with a bowl win. There are no blowouts, and we at least make Clemson and ND earn their wins. The return of McDuffie-- who could be the best player on the defense-- and the two DL transfers really upgrades the D and the offense will be much more diversified and should really put up points. In all, it's a successful start to the Hafley era.

In any event, just glad they stayed the course and will have a season!

Signman
Signman

Flutie....

bodascious
bodascious

5-6. . ACC is in an up year UNC and VT are much improved. 2021 is going to be the 9 win year

nedsh
nedsh

Three road losses to Duke, Clemson and VT. Two road wins at Cuse and UVA. Six home wins. 8-3

FlatbreadsFan
FlatbreadsFan

My heart says 7-4, but the idea that we can’t have nice things makes me think 6-5. Not a huge difference, but 7-4 gets us probably much more national recognition next year! I do think 8-3 is an absolute max this year, and 4-7 is an absolute minimum.

Mk_Ultra
Mk_Ultra

BC has the advantage of having game tape on Duke, whereas Duke has next to nothing to prepare for.

Thomas Rayam
Thomas Rayam

Duke looked Good! It’s a must that BC use the plan that the new staff is bringing into play! Being a player many years ago a team doesn’t go to war with only 22 player and expect them to win on every play! Teams should see a new Boston College football squad with a New plan of attack! Will it be flawless no! Plan your work and work your plan!
“No coach has ever won a game by what he knows; it's what his players know that counts." The Bear!

BobW33
BobW33

Yes, I agree to your Win/Loss predictions and with most of your comments. A balanced offense will be a big plus this year. Last year BC's defense was filled with players who had never seen the field before. They will be much improved due to the experience that they gathered last year, and you add a few key transfers who will step in as starters, as well as McDuffie returning at LB. Due to his injury last year, he had only seen action in a couple of games and he looked just as good as Richardson upon his return.

BC78
BC78

Agree with most of your assessment. The Duke game scares me the most. First game for us. Brice looked good against a strong ND D. Hopefully Hafley has really improved our pass D. Wish we had a FCS team for the opener.

Grumpy06
Grumpy06

Duke looked pretty good for 3 quarters against Notre Dame.We must improve defensively from last year

BCEagle1974
BCEagle1974

Game by Game Prediction:

@ Duke (9/19): Win -- 57-18
vs. Texas State (9/26): Win 63-21
vs. UNC (10/3): Win 30-27

vs. Pitt (10/10): Win 34-31
@ VT (10/17): Win 40-30
vs. GT (10/24): Win 47- 28

@ Clemson (10/31): Win 51-50
@ Cuse (11/7): Win 44-22
vs. ND (11/14): Win 45-37

Bye---WIN THAT TOO!

vs. L'Ville (11/28): 39-30
@ UVA (12/5): 47-31

Clemson ACC Title Game: 30-29

Sugar Bowl Playoff: BC 37 Oklahoma 34

South Beach Hard Rock Title Game: BC 40 Alabama 38

14-0

BOOM!

AJ in a Gold Speedo on South Beach.

ENJOY!


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