Predictions & Final Thoughts: Boston College vs. NC State

A.J. Black

Boston College is looking to end their two game slide against NC State tomorrow at noon. The big news over the past week has been the injury to Anthony Brown, who was lost for the year due to a lower leg injury suffered against Louisville. In his stead, redshirt sophomore Dennis Grosel who played admirably on the road throwing for three touchdowns in the loss. But NC State's defense is going to be a major challenge, they rank in the top five in sacks and rushing defense. The Eagles on defense will continue to try and find an identity against Dave Doeren's squad who will be starting southpaw Bailey Hockman another relative inexperienced quarterback. Both teams have a lot of question marks, who wins?

Three Questions That Need To Be Answered Against NC State:

Matchups

When NC State Throws The Ball: Advantage NC State. The Wolfpack rank 60th in the country passing the ball, while BC's pass defense is near the bottom. As mentioned in our gamefilm recap yesterday, Bailey Hockman is a much better passer than Matthew McKay who started the first five games. Hockman will open the offense, and use more precision vertical passing that should be a challenge for the Eagles.

When NC State Runs The Ball: Advantage NC State. Zonovan Knight is a good running back and playing much better with Hockman at quarterback. Given that BC has allowed 191 yards per game, Knight should be a big factor in this game. 

When Boston College Throws The Ball: Advantage NC State. With quarterback Beer Of The Game:Anthony Brown down, the Eagles will be starting a sophomore who hasn't played a pass rush like NC State. The Wolfpack are in the Top 5 in pass rush and will be harassing Grosel all game. 

When Boston College Runs The Ball: Advantage NC State. This is going to be a fun battle. NC State has a Top 5 rushing defense, while the Eagles are in the Top 25 in rushing. AJ Dillon and David Bailey could be biggest factor in this game. 

Beer Of The Game:

Roadsmary's Baby: This is definitely not your standard Pumpkinhead lager beer. This is a boozy flavored beer, that really tastes like rum blended with Pumpkin. A perfect October beer that'll keep you warm on a cold October afternoon. 

Food of The Game

Dry Rub Buffalo Wings. Sometimes you want to have the delicious taste of wings without the mess of the sauce. After trying some delicious Jamaican rub, I have become a huge fan of this variation on the classic. Good flavor, and a great change of pace food perfect for a tailgate or for watching at home. 

Song of the Game

NC State has that power up the middle, BC is going to have to do everything they can to battle it. 

Fan Excitement: 2/10

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The Louisville game was a literal gut punch for many Boston College fans, who watched as the Eagles starting quarterback Anthony Brown went down early, and then the game slipped away. The general mood amongst fans right now appears to vacillate between anger and complete detachment. While the Eagles could easily win this game, there seemingly isn't much optimism amongst the fans. 

Prediction Contest

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AJ's Prediction:

NC State 27 Boston College 14. My biggest concern is that BC's defense could rear it's ugly head again, and NC State's offense is primed to have a big day. Add in the BC offense trying to find it's feet with a new quarterback against an explosive defense, and it looks like the Eagles could be heading to their third straight loss. 

Comments (8)
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txaggie2011
txaggie2011

Editor

NC St 31, BC 21

rstarr2
rstarr2

BC wins 31-24

helmet20
helmet20

NC State 24 BC 20

BC2018Stas
BC2018Stas

BC 27-20.

BBerard
BBerard

This is a winnable game for BC, I just somehow see the Dazzler messing it up though. I have NC State 28 BC 24.

A.J. Black
A.J. Black

Editor

Standings: The way I score the points is by taking away the difference from each individual prediction score from the actual score combining those and getting the sum . Lowest sum gets the points. In the event of a tie, I gave two or more teams those points. 3 points for closest, 2 for second, 1 for third.

Big Daddy Kane: 6 Points Txaggie_2011: 4 points RiderBC: 3 points Claver 2000: 3 points Squishy: 3 points Soar22: 3 points McMuff: 2 points BCStas2018: 2 points TheThrowGame: 2 points DollardBillsYo: 1 Point Al_Skinner: 1 Point DJ Maher: 1 Point

BigDaddyKane66
BigDaddyKane66

NC State 31 BC 23.

It will deteriorate from here.