BOSTON COLLEGE ENTERS AP TOP 25 POLL AT #23
EAGLES ARE NATIONALLY RANKED FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE MATT RYAN ERA
By Matt Sottile
The Boston College Eagles are ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll for the first time since 2008. The last time the Eagles appeared in the rankings, Matt Ryan led the team to their only ACC Championship, where they lost to Tyrod Taylor and the Virginia Tech Hokies, 30-12.
Following a 41-34 victory Thursday afternoon at Wake Forest, the Eagles jumped five teams in the rankings: Michigan State, Utah, Arizona State, Boise State and USC. They also entered into the Coaches’ Poll, which was released earlier today, at #25.
BC joins three other ACC teams in the polls, including #4 Clemson, #13 Virginia Tech and #21 Miami. The Eagles will face all three teams in a grueling three game stretch dating from October 26ththrough November 10th. The Eagles will host Miami under the lights on Friday, October 26thfor their annual Red Bandanna Game.
BC currently features Heisman candidate AJ Dillon in their backfield, in addition to the nation’s most efficient passer, Anthony Brown. After three weeks, Brown has thrown for 626 yards, including 9 TD’s and 0 INT’s. His passing efficiency rating of 240.2 leads the entire country, including Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, West Virginia’s Will Grier, and Georgia’s Jake Fromm.
The Eagles undoubtedly will receive more national recognition from their new ranking, which will in turn lead to more primetime games, more attention from prospective recruits, and more excitement amongst the student body and alumni.
Following an out of conference road matchup at Purdue this upcoming Saturday, BC will return to The Heights for Parents’ Weekend on September 29thvs. Temple.
The young season has already been filled with offensive firepower, high-scoring affairs, and dominance on either side of the line for the Eagles. They’ve taken care of business so far, and at 3-0, there’s no telling what the ceiling for this team will be.
After suffering a home loss to Virginia Tech last October at Alumni Stadium, head coach Steve Addazio confidently backed his team, saying, “It’ll come together, and it’ll be beautiful.”
This team has come together, put up three stellar offensive performances thus far, and the product on the field has been nothing less than beautiful.