It is year five for Steve Addazio at Boston College  More than enough time to establish a footprint, a direction and certainly a trend that would suggest that the master plan that Addazio brought with him when he arrived at The Heights in 2013 is working.

But the Boston College team that began fall practice this week can hardly be called established.  Yes, it is coming off a rebound from the 3–9 flameout of 2015, in which the Eagles went winless in ACC competition.

Yes, it is riding the crest of a small wave of success which ended last season with a three-game winning streak, a 7-6 record and a 36-30  win over Maryland in the Quick Lane Bowl.

But look a little closer and you will see the victories came against UConn, Wake Forest and Maryland, hardly a blue blood collection of teams. The six losses included  four defeats against Florida State, Clemson, Louisviile and Virginia Tech by an average of 44.5 points per game.   Those same teams are on the Eagles schedule this season, as is Notre Dame and a tricky season opener at Northern Illinois. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.