Monday, February 25, 2013

Thoughts on the 2013 Football Schedule

The ACC finally released their football schedule. The BC-specific schedule is here:

August 31 -- Villanova
September 6 -- Wake Forest
September 14 -- at USC
September 28 -- Florida State
October 5 -- Army
October 12 -- at Clemson
October 26 -- at North Carolina
November  2 -- Virginia Tech
November 9 -- at New Mexico State
November 16 -- NC State
November 23 -- at Maryland
November 30 -- at Syracuse

Nova! The big news was Villanova replacing Stony Brook as the opener. Adding the Wildcats was all the result of some musical chairs pulled off by ESPN and the ACC, so that Pitt (Villanova's previously scheduled  opponent) could play a conference game against FSU opening weekend. This is a win-win for BC. We get an easier "W" against a lessor FCS opponent and we get a somewhat more appealing game. Villanova has the cross-demographic appeal to old school whalepants fans and the younger SuperFans who have friends at the fellow Catholic school.

First Friday. We've played plenty of Friday games before, but this year's game against Wake Forest represents our first official Friday under the revised ACC TV deal. This will be a test of our attendance and TV appeal.

Manageable dates. On paper our toughest games will be Florida State and Clemson. Prior to FSU we get a bye and play Army at home before our trip to Death Valley. That should give the staff plenty of time to prepare. One of the most frustrating aspects of the Spaz regime was our cowardly gameplans against elite teams. Hopefully the schedule allows Daz to have the whole team up for these games.


Lenny Sienko said...

Its been thirty-three (33) years since we played Villanova in football.

BC played them annually from pre-1964 to 1980. It was a good rivalry and it will be good to renew it.

Damn, where did I put those "whale pants"?

Ed said...

I wouldn't be so quick to call anyone an easy "W" at this point, let alone an easier "W".

Knucklehead said...

That is a brutal schedule. Toughest one we have had since the early 90's.