Addazio has said we have one of the best Olines in the country. He also made similar statements about our RBs and TEs. That alone should mean a Top 25 season. Yet I have my doubts. I don't know if I trust him to navigate and push the right buttons during the season. I know we exploded during the second half of last year and we rallied in 2016. But why does it come to that every year? Can he avoid it this year? This is how I see it playing out.
(This will serve as my actual predictions for the year.)
UMass. Win. Whipple has improved things but they are still terrible. I don't think this will be close.
Holy Cross. Win. Addazio might complain about the schedule, but he was gifted two cupcakes to start the season.
at Wake Forest. Win. I don't think this will be pretty, but I still think BC has enough of a talent advantage to win this game during a short week.
at Purdue. Loss. I see this as a shootout. Even if Dillon goes off -- which I think he will against them -- I still think Purdue will answer. It is a road game against a rising team. I just see something not going our way.
Temple. Win. Another game BC should win without a problem.
at NC State. Win. Another tough road game, but I like how our D matches up against their O. I see this as relatively low scoring and BC running out the clock late.
Louisville. Loss. I think this will feel a lot like the Purdue game, where we lose a game where both teams score in the 30s.
Miami. Loss. As I've mentioned in the best and worst case, this game will be hyped to the heavens. I also see it as another close loss. Dillon can only do so much.
at Virginia Tech. Loss. The worst game of the season. The only game where BC is not competitive.
Clemson. Loss. At this point Clemson is playing with a lot of confidence and BC is dinged up.
at Florida State. Win. The late season Addazio "stop the bleeding" game. I don't think FSU will be very good this year and I think we can pound them down.
Syracuse. Win. I expect Syracuse to be bad this year and I think it remains a good matchup for us.
This would leave BC as 7-5 (4-4) in the ACC. No major bowls for us, so we play in the Military Bowl against Navy (an unofficial home game for them). It will be an ugly struggle like our last bowl against the Midshipmen, but BC wins.
Addazio finishes with his first eight win season at BC, but it feels like a letdown.