Overlooked storyline for the game: Dave Brock's eye for talent
BC Tight Ends coach Dave Brock was the guy who closed on Chase Rettig for us. He's also the one who got us hooked up with Dave Shinskie, but what some might not realize was that he was the one who discovered NC State QB Russell Wilson. Brock was coaching at UNC at the time and saw Wilson play. He really wanted to bring him to Chapel Hill but John Bunting had already committed to Mike Paulus. Wilson was then signed by Chuck Amato in a last minute commitment. The rest is history and Bunting has since admitted letting Wilson slip through his fingers was a big mistake.
Three Simple Key
1. Getting rid of the ball quickly. For the fourth straight year with the third different team, BC faces a Jon Tenuta defense. He is not the DC at NC State but they have implemented some of his blitzes. This week Rettig (and his backups will need to get rid of the ball quickly. Quick outs, slants, etc. Since Rettig will be hobbled and Marscovetra showed no feel for it, I hope we don't use any draws against the blitz.
2. Keep Wilson in the pocket. Wilson is a dangerous passer but I think BC needs to let him dink and dunk. They need to keep everything in front of us and hope NC State makes a mistake. In the shootout with Chris Crane two years ago, Wilson made his biggest plays with his feet and on broken plays.
3. Breakout the bazooka. We've only seen our version of the Wildcat once this year. Last season Montel set a school rushing record against NC Stat. We need a spark and maybe the way to get our OLine and ground game going is through a gimmick.
-- TOB is 1-4 in this series
-- TOB is 8-11 coming off a loss while at NC State
-- Spaz is 1-2 as an away underdog
The current line is BC+9.5
This is the first of three games BC will play in North Carolina this year. That is the third time the scheduling quirk has happened since we've joined the ACC.
We need to win our game for any of this to matter, but the Florida State-Miami game is very important. If FSU is for real they need to make a statement against the Hurricanes.
I hope to see...
Our receivers make some big plays. The QB play wasn't good against Notre Dame, but the WRs didn't help by dropping some passes. I want to see them make those catches and turn them into big plays. Swigert showed it can be done.
BC is in trouble if...
NC State scores more than 21. I know it is sad, but we can't count on winning any shootouts this year. The defense needs to play very well and we cannot give them points in special teams or offense.
I don't feel great about this game. But I hope that Rettig plays a full game and makes a difference. I hope TOB and Bible do some things that keep us in the game. I hope our defense makes a play or two that set us up for TDs. NC State is beatable, we just need to start playing better football.
Final Score: BC 24, NC State 20