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#51: Boston College Eagles Relying on All-American LB

Our countdown arrives in Chestnut Hill, MA, where Boston College will again lean on its defense and LB Luke Kuechly. Will it be enough to emerge as the top dog in the ACC?

2010 Record: 7-6

2010 Skinny: It was a roller-coaster season in 2010 for Boston College, which suffered five straight losses after opening the season with wins over Weber State and Kent State. Of course, the Eagles lost those games against quality opponents, falling to Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, N.C. State, Florida State and Maryland during that period. When the schedule softened up, they ripped off five straight wins to end the regular season but fell, 20-13, to Nevada in the Fight Hunger Bowl. The 2010 season also was notable for the return of star linebacker Mark Herzlich, who missed the previous season while battling cancer.

Returning Starters: 13

Coach: Frank Spaziani (third season, 16-11)

Key Players: QB Chris Rettig, RB Montel Harris, LB Luke Kuechly, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis

2011 Schedule:

Sept. 3 vs. Northwestern
Sept. 10 @ UCF
Sept. 17 vs. Duke
Sept. 24 vs. Massachusetts
Oct. 1 vs. Wake Forest
Oct. 8 @ Clemson
Oct. 22 @ Virginia Tech
Oct. 29 @ Maryland
Nov. 3 vs. Florida State
Nov. 12 vs. N.C. State
Nov. 19 @ Notre Dame
Nov. 26 @ Miami (FL)

Anthony’s Take: Boston College can be darkhorse in the ACC this season. Led by star linebacker Kuechly - a 2010 First Team All-American  - the Eagles sport a talented defense, which was first in the ACC in total defense last season. They return six starters to the until and, most importantly, will have Kuechly and Kevin Pierre-Louis to roam the field. The offense returns quarterback Retig and running back Harris and will need to step up to match the tone set by their defensive counterparts. The biggest concern? The loss of offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo to the NFL. He will be impossible to replace, but it won’t be hard for BC to top its 2010 win total.

Jim’s Take: The Eagles should be better in 2011 and they better be because Spaziani’s job depends on it. There’s no question the weak link last season was the offense, which finished 109th in scoring. Losing Castonzo is a huge blow but Harris will need to find a way to return to his 2009 form if the Eagles are going to be successful. That’s because new offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers has his hands tied with Rettig under center. A rising sophomore, Ressig showed a propensity to throw the ball to the other team as much as his own receivers. The Eagles should win seven regular season games due to a soft early slate but they won’t get a sniff of the ACC Atlantic title until the offense starts pulling its weight. 

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