What's on my mind (not totally related to this game)
Spenser Rositano is supposedly done for his season and his career due to repeated head injuries. At least that is the word among the message boards and blogs. Yet no official word from BC. Rositano is still on the depth chart and some guys are still on the roster who haven't suited up all year. Why not clarify? I will never understand the secretiveness or deception that goes into this stuff. I respect privacy and respect gamesmenship and strategy, but give the fans the respect they deserve and the players their moment to share the news. The gossip gets out their regardless of what BC and Addazio wants. Might as well address it and make sure things are accurate.
Three Simple Keys
1. Open up the passing game. We don't need to grind it out this week. In fact, grinding it out probably hurts us as it shortens the game and limits possessions. Why keep this close? It only invites NM State back in the game.
2. Contain YAC. Our D created a lot of big plays, but we are still very soft in the passing game. Let's improve that this week in coverage and in tackling.
3. Go back to some of the old stuff. BC does a good job of adding new wrinkles to our plays and formations. The flipside is that you shelve things that worked earlier. I want to save wrinkles for our remaining ACC games and use some of the stuff that worked earlier in the year. Let's see the throwback passes to Parsons. Or how about the quick passes off the read option exchange. Or maybe a bubble screen.
-- Addazio has yet to win a road game
-- BC is 1-8 against the spread in our last nine road games
-- New Mexico State is 1-9 in their last ten home games
The current line is BC-24
New Mexico will be the
[CORRECTION: Brian pointed out that we did play Saint Louis in St. Louis.]
Syracuse-Maryland provides a look at two future opponents, but I am going to pay attention to UVA-UNC. Even if we get to six wins, there may not be enough ACC bowl slots available. It would help our cause if a few more ACC teams lost. Carolina has five losses now. It would be sure nice to see them get to six...and then seven.
I hope to see...
Andre Williams carry the ball less than 20 times. With the way he runs, Williams is probably getting too many touches. I know why we are doing it but that doesn't mean that there isn't risk. We need a healthy Williams to beat NC State, Syracuse and Maryland. Don't overuse him now.
BC is in trouble if...
One of the key players gets injured. I think we will win this game regardless, but a key injury could derail our final stretch.
We are facing one of the worst teams in college football. Every BCS Conference team they've faced, has crushed the Aggies. I know that BC is coming off a big win. I understand the challenges of winning on the road. Yes, Doug Martin's familiarity with our offensive personnel is a Wild Card. But none of that should really matter. BC has enough power and speed to control this game throughout. I think we play our best game of the year and win going away.
Final Score: BC 38, New Mexico State 13