Narrative talking point that you’ll tire of by the end of the game.
“BC’s been through a lot this offseason…” Every year I whine about repetitive themes that the broadcasters rehash on a weekly basis. This year will be no different and will start in full force Saturday with a recount of the Jags firing, McClaughlin’s Achilles, Herzy’s cancer and Davis’ grades. I understand that not everyone is as familiar with our offseason travails as we hardcore fans tend to be. But those issues shouldn’t have a real impact on the Northeastern game.
Three Simple Keys
1. Dominate the line of scrimmage. Think back to our last FCS opponent URI. We controlled the line so well that Dominique Davis looked good and ran around with ease.
2. Get an early score. I fear this team will have a fragile psyche. Don’t let the Huskies hang around.
3. Come away healthy. I know you can’t really control this, but please let’s hope that we come away unscathed.
-- BC is 4-0 against Northeastern
-- Since Frank Leahy, BC coaches are 7-6 in their first games
-- BC has not had a betting line with the last five FCS (fka DIAA) we have played
There is no line on the game with the major sports books
Since Harvard doesn’t use scholarships, Northeastern is the only Boston-based opponent that we can play and still count the win towards bowl eligibility.
The most important game of the weekend is Alabama-Virginia Tech. The Hokies can set the tone for their season and for the ACC.
I hope to see…
One good QB emerge. I don’t want to see any of the guys fall flat on their face. I just hope that one plays so well that we start to feel like we have a QB for this season.
BC is in trouble if…
We turn the ball over 4+ times. I don’t think the passing game is all that important this week. But a few turnovers could make this interesting.
This should be a glorified scrimmage. It’s a confidence builder. Northeastern is not a good team and shouldn’t be much of a challenge. If we struggle it might be an ominous sign. I think we’ll be fine and cruise to the win.
Final Score: BC 37, Northeastern 10
Thursday, September 03, 2009
I’ve never been so excited and relieved to write a preview. As I will explain tomorrow, everything that has happened (good and bad) over the past nine months is behind us. It’s time to play football. Northeastern might not get your blood pumping, but the Huskies are the first step down a long path. They are a suitable opponent for this raw team. BC should use this game to see who turns it on in game situations, build confidence and pad the record. Are you ready for some football?