There's nothing like having a must win game against a MAC team five weeks into the season! But that is where we are. I don't think Addazio would get fired right after a loss, but like we've all been saying, he needs this win to keep the season from falling apart. Maybe that pressure and facing a MAC team will finally get him to take some chances.
What's on my mind (not totally related to this game)
Earlier this week I mentioned that a friend (and major Addazio critic) sitting among BC players' families and coaches' families at Clemson felt that the mood was still positive. Since then another friend who was at Clemson and spoke with some players' families said his/her story was different and there are signs of frustration. Could both be right? Sure. Last year when I went to the Wake Forest game, I saw and heard some parents openly critical of Addazio and others who were still happy. My concern with all of this is that when you lose your locker room or coaches' room, the season can fall apart quickly. (Look at Spaz's final two years.) While I think Addazio has lost majority of the most passionate BC fans, it does seem like there are still plenty of players and coaches on board. They have their respective playing and coaching careers in his hands...so a lot more skin in the game than the typical fan. Let's hope their trust and faith pays off.
Three Simple Keys
1. Keep Brown healthy and productive. There is talk that Brown might not be 100%. (And given how Addazio dealt with Callinan, I don't expect a straight answer.) To win this week, he needs to play well, be given easy decisions and needs to stay healthy. It wouldn't hurt if he tried stretching the field a bit more.
2. Stop the zone option read. Every QB this season has run on us. That can't happen this week.
3. Do not punt from CMU territory. BC needs scoring opportunities and can't waste possessions. I am sure Addazio can rationalize punting against Clemson, but you can't this week. I also think playing ultra-conservatively against CMU will upset the home crowd.
-- BC leads the series 3-0
-- Addazio is 14-3 against non-Power 5 while at BC
-- Addazio is 16-20 coming off a loss while at BC
The current line is BC-8
The last time BC started 1-4 was in 2012 (Spaz's last year.) The fourth loss was the embarrassment to Army.
Florida State-Wake should be very telling. The 'Noles have been hit with injuries and a hurricane-based schedule change. Even though they haven't looked great all the time, Wake is standing at 4-0. If they can beat FSU, it will serve notice that they are for real. It will also mean that Florida State is really broken down.
What I hope to see...
Some explosive plays. BCI touched on this earlier this week, but it is incredible to me that we don't make big plays. The talent passes the eye test. They look bigger, stronger and faster than previous BC skill guys, yet we can't seem to generate big plays. Either our talent is highly overrated, or our coaches are really misusing them.
BC is in trouble if...
The OLine looks sloppy. Last week they were very, very good. This week's nagging injuries might mean more shuffling. If they do move guys around, those guys better adjust quickly. A sloppy game will be bad for us.
Despite all the injury concerns, I still think this game is going to be fairly uneventful. I think BC controls from the start and unlike our previous win, the game does not get close late. Instead I see BC closing the deal with a fourth quarter score.
Final Score: BC 27, Central Michigan 17