(An outsiders view of the going on at Boston College, aka The Heights)

Sisyphus, a figure in Greek mythology, was the king of Ephyra and punished for self-aggrandizing craftiness and deceitfulness by being forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it keep rolling back down.

For much of the last decade, Boston College football has played the role of Sisyphus in its quest for respectability. Through three coaches, including Steve Addazio, who is now in his fifth season, the Eagles have stumbled at the start of the seasons in which they didn’t begin with a pair of FCS opponents, as they did in 2015 when they outscored Maine and Howard by a combined score of 100-3.

The best record BC has posted since Frank Spaziani’s first season in 2009 was 8-5.

With a 23-20 win over Northern Illinois last week, the Eagles can go 2-0 (against FBS competition) by beating Wake Forest in their home opener on Saturday. It would be their best start against FBS teams since 2007 when the Eagles–led by Matt Ryan at QB–won their first eight games en route to spot in the ACC title game. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.