The Boston College Eagles are entering their third season under head coach Steve Addazio. In each of the first two, Addazio led the Eagles to a 7-6 overall record. He’ll try to take the next step this season, with his first test coming from the FCS-level Maine Black Bears. Below is the Boston College vs. Maine prediction and preview.
Boston College vs. Maine Prediction & Preview
Why You Need To Care
Maine and Boston College meet in a Northeast matchup that might generate more buzz if it took place on ice. The Eagles won last year’s meeting, 40-10, and are looking to remain in bowl contention this fall, despite suffering wholesale changes on offense. The Black Bears are aiming to build on a season that started slowly, yet improved down the stretch.
Why Maine Will Win
The defense has potential now that veterans Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga, Trevor Bates and Mike Kozlakowski are back to anchor the front seven. It could be rough sledding for a Boston College attack breaking in a new quarterback, Darius Wade, and an entirely different ensemble of blockers.
Why Boston College Will Win
The Eagles will once again be salty on defense for coordinator Don Brown. The no-name unit will easily control the line of scrimmage, mauling Maine up the middle with LB Steven Daniels and tackles Connor Wujciak and Truman Gutapfel. The Black Bears will spend the entire afternoon trying to convert third-and-long situations.
Player Who Matters
Boston College wants to establish the run, sure. But the Eagles also need something from the passing game to keep defenses from stacking the box. Wade, who’ll make things happen with his feet, needs to determine in his first start which of an average group of receivers he can count upon.
What’s Going To Happen?
Solid defense and a workmanlike afternoon from Jon Hilliman and the rest of the running backs. It won’t be a thing of beauty, but it will be the right formula for Boston College to dispose of Maine.
Boston College vs. Maine Score Prediction
And now what you came for, the Boston College vs. Maine prediction …
Boston College 31, Maine 3
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