[Thanks to all those who pointed out the problem in my W-L math. My mistake. I apologize. I had different drafts. I still think we go 8-5 (3-5) in the ACC. The Notre Dame game has been corrected to a win.]
This is Addazio's team now. All the players are his recruits. He's created a staff of loyal colleagues. He has an AD ready to support him and he has a great recruiting tool in the new Indoor Practice Facility. Whatever he accomplishes this year is probably as good as it is going to ever get at for him at BC. I am not predicting a breakthrough. I think it will be just more of the same.
This will serve as my official prediction for the season.
at Northern Illinois. Win. The team doesn't look great, but Addazio is lucky that our D matches up well with their offense. Low-scoring, ugly win.
Wake Forest. Win. I know the games have been even the past few years, but I think this year BC's talent advantage makes it a fairly comfortable game.
Notre Dame. Win. This game will help make or break the season. If Addazio wins, we start 3-0 and have the fan base pumped. If we lose, it will feel like the same old, same old. I think we win but he disappoints later.
at Clemson. Loss. Closer than last year but not close enough. Instead of playing to win, we play conservatively and it costs us.
Central Michigan. Win. A good overall win as the team plays well in all aspects of the game.
Virginia Tech. Loss. This is the rough part of the schedule. I think many fans start to lose hope during this stretch.
at Louisville. Loss. I think we will be due for a blowout at some point. I predict it will be Louisville who kills us.
at Virginia. Win. It stops the bleeding and feels like a decent road win.
Florida State. Loss. I think this will be a real heartbreaker. We lead throughout but blow it late.
NC State. Win. I am on record as thinking NC State is ridiculously overrated. I think we handle them.
UConn (at Fenway). Win. I think this is one of those games where we make their Offense look incapable of scoring.
at Syracuse. Loss. I think Addazio will trip up against one of our peer programs. I think it will be Syracuse just to make the season that much more frustrating.
This leaves BC 7-5 (3-5 in the ACC). BC goes to the St. Petersburg Bowl and plays USF. Although it is a quasi-home game for them, we dominate and finish 8-5. It is not another 7-6 season, but it will sure feel like it.