September 14, 2006

Beware of BYU

Well that was fun wasn't it? Boston College had their biggest home victory of the decade last weekend, and have set themselves up for a possible undefeated showdown with Virginia Tech in a month. However, first things first, the Eagles must get by a very formidable opponent in Brigham Young University on Saturday.

BYU (1-1) comes into action with a win over Tulsa and a loss to Arizona. After a couple of poor years in a row, the Cougars went back to a bowl game last season, and appear to be headed in the right direction. A big reason for their turnaround is that they once again possess a potent offense, much like their teams of the 80's and 90's.

Offensive coordinator Robert Anae came from Texas Tech, and brought their air assault attack with him. BYU runs a spread offense, and will attack relentlessly on their opponents secondary. The Eagles will have to come prepared to avoid a letdown after their big win last weekend.

When Boston College Rushes: Advantage Boston College

B.C.'s running game seemed to get stronger and stronger as the game wore on against Clemson. Much of that had to do with the size and strength of their offensive line finally wearing down the opposition's defensive line. It's likely that same scenario will occur this weekend. The Eagles offensive line outweighs the BYU front three by at least 30-35 pounds, and that's being generous.

The strength of BYU's defense is their linebackers, and they're lead by one of the best in the Mountain West in "The General" Cameron Jenson. B.C. will definitely make sure they have someone blocking him at all times.

So far, B.C. hasn't been overly impressive with their running game, averaging less than 90 yards per game on the ground. The Eagles should have their best running day of the year so far against BYU.

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