(An outsiders musings about Boston College, AKA The Heights)
Technically, Boston College, as a member of the Power 5 Atlantic Coast Conference, competes on an equal basis for titles and bowl games with members such as Louisville, Florida State, Clemson and Virginia Tech.
The reality–for a variety of reasons, such as academic standards, facilities, fan support–is that BC’s competition in the ACC is against Virginia, Duke and Georgia Tech and nationally against Stanford, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, and Northwestern.
Which begs a simple question? Why hasn’t BC been as good as, or better than most, if not all of those schools?
Now you can argue that BC vs. Notre Dame is a mismatch in football tradition and importance and you would be right. But the competitive edge to the Catholic school rivalry has created a competitive rivalry, which will be resumed on Saturday when Notre Dame visits Alumni Stadium.
But what about BC vs. Stanford, BC vs Duke, BC vs Northwestern. Shouldn’t that be a fair fight?
Well, it was once, and not all that long ago. As recently as 2008, BC was was the ACC Atlantic Division champ. In 2007 the Eagles were ranked as high as No. 2–in the country–and could face off against almost any team in college football without fear of embarrassment.
Under Tom O’Brien, the Eagles became a Top 25 type team. After O’Brien left in 2007, Jeff Jagodzinski won a pair of ACC Atlantic Division titles.
But since then there has been primarily mediocrity. Is it is as simple as coaching? BC’s facilities do not match most of their competition. Nor does its fan base or the local interest in the program.
Why the Eagles can’t do as well as schools such as Duke, Northwestern and Georgia Tech over the past few years is puzzling. But David Cutcliffe. Pat Fitzgerald and Paul Johnson appear to be more successful.
Out of curiosity as much as anything else, I went back over the last four seasons—the time frame for Boston College coach Steve Addazio.
Here is the list of the records (including this season) of BC’s main competitors, including their maximum win season. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.