(An outsider’s view of goings on at Boston College, aka The Heights)

Let’s start with some basic numbers.

Four games into the 2017 season and Boston College football coach Steve Addazio’s team has posted a 1-3 record.  All three of the losses have been by double digits, two of the losses–against Wake Forest and Notre Dame–were home games.

In a 49-20 loss to Notre Dame, the BC defense allowed a staggering 611 yards, including 515 rushing yards.

But few things in life–or college football–are black and white or clear cut.

Addazio said that a handful of plays was the difference in a fairly even competitive game.

In a 34-7 loss to Clemson last week, BC went into the fourth quarter tied at 7-7 against the No. 2 ranked team in the country.

They were outscored 27-0 in the final 12 minutes.

Addazio pointed out that the Eagles have had to deal with key injuries to key players at positions in which the Eagles didn’t have a lot depth..

And that brings us to BC’s game at Alumni Stadium against Central Michigan. The Chippewas are a bottom tier Mid-American Conference team. They are a touchdown underdog to BC, a bottom tier Atlantic Coast Conference team.

Central Michigan has played four games. It has beaten Rhode Island and Kansas and lost to Syracuse and Miami (Ohio).

Boston College, even a banged up BC, is better. BC should win the game.

After Saturday, the Eagles face Virginia Tech, Louisville, Virginia and Florida State. The Eagles are not likely to be favored in any of those games. After that. BC closes against NC State (which just beat FSU in Tallahassee) UConn (at Fenway Park) and at Syracuse.

Other than UConn, BC is also likely to be an underdog in those games.

So Saturday could be it for BC in terms of Happy Days for some time.

Addazio is not yet feeling the direct pressure of needing to win to secure his job, but it is entirely possible that BC could whiff completely in their ACC games, as it did two years ago. And that surely would seal the deal.

So let’s get back to the basics. Forget BC should beat Central Michigan. BC must beat Central Michigan. There isn’t an excuse he can use to explain away a loss to the Chippewas. None. BC has a better team, better players, is playing at home. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here..