The closer we get to this season, the more angry I get about last year. We blew it. We wasted a once in a decade Defense and couldn't get out of our own way in multiple games. Addazio went through excuses as fast as he went through quarterbacks. Bad luck and bad bounces are part of sports, but last year went beyond being unlucky. We were not well coached or well managed. As I put together how bad things might be this season, I started to wonder what happens if we have two terrible seasons in a row. Let's hope it doesn't get to that.
As a reminder, this is not what I think will happen. This is more of a "what if." My real prediction will come later in the week.
Worst Case Scenario
Georgia Tech. Loss. There is huge risk in starting the season against Georgia Tech in a unique road game. We're not ready for their offense and it is a long flight home.
at UMass. Win. This is technically a road game, but the closeness and the opponent make for a nice bounce back after the rough start to the season.
at Virginia Tech. Loss. The Hokies are entering a period of uncertainty, but I still think they have more talent than BC and I still think Lane Stadium will be a tough place to play.
Wagner. Win. Another soft game to pad the stats and the W-L record.
Buffalo. Win. They're more respectable than Wagner, but even in a bad year I can't see BC losing this game.
Clemson. Loss. It will be a national game on campus against a probable Top 2 team. In a bad season they crush us by 28.
Syracuse. Loss. I think 'Cuse will be a mess this year too, but in a bad season I could see BC screwing this one up. If the season does play out like this, morale will be incredibly low at this point.
at NC State. Loss. The Offense still struggles and we now have a QB controversy...again.
Louisville. Loss. It is a defensive slog like last year. It is a loss like last year.
at Florida State. Loss. We play them close again, but there is no way we are winning this one.
UConn. Win. The losing streak ends. But no one feels great about where things stand.
at Wake Forest. Loss. Addazio is still unable to end the ACC losing streak.
This would leave BC 4-8 (0-8 in the ACC). What gets me worked up is that I could see Addazio surviving this sort of terrible season. No other Power 5 team would let a coach go 0-16 in conference over two years, but I think BC is in a weird position. I think Bates is tied to Addazio. I think some around the decision will think that part of the problem is never letting a coach hang around long enough to get a full roster. If it does get this bad, I will be banging the drum as loud as possible (not that it means anything). I don't think it will get this bad, but after last year I can't count on anything.