1) It's early, but thus far, which offseason change or changes in college football are you most excited about?
I don’t know if excited is the word, but I am highly concerned and interested in what happens at Miami. Coker cleaned house in an effort to bring back Miami. What he did will have at least a five season impact on the ACC (good or bad).
The 'Canes have been the measuring stick for BC for so long, yet for the first time in two decades, BC seems like the better positioned program. Is this Coker’s last year? Will they regroup? Meltdown? And ultimately, from my myopic view, can BC beat them on Thanksgiving Day? It should be interesting.
2) With spring practice underway, what are the three concerns about your team that are causing you the most anxiety? (USC fans can't just list the departures of Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, and LenDale White.)
Can BC’s young defensive line fill the void left by Kiwanuka? I think they can. The defensive line is well-coached and well schemed. Plus the LB corp is so strong that the defensive line will look good anyway.
Can Matt Ryan sustain his high level of play? The young gunslinger won over many BC fans with his strong finish. Now instead of being the beloved backup, he becomes the focus of the program. Once again, I think he will shine, but that doesn't mean the rest of the ACC will be as accommodating.
Can BC continue its strong showing against ACC-peer programs? Last season, BC went 4-1 against the middle of the pack ACC teams. This was historically better than BC performed against middle of the pack Big East teams. Can they sustain this success in Year 2 of the ACC?
3) Care to take a stab at a preseason top five?
1. Notre Dame
2. Ohio State