The fourth game of the year matches the Army Black Knights (1-2) and Atlantic Coast Conference Boston College Eagles (3-0). The Eagles lead the all time series 23-12 and have won the last four games (1997, 2000, 2001 & 2005) by a combined score of 154-54. The Eagles have one the last 13 of 14 contests. Army last beat Boston College in 1997.
Army's offense was once again horrid. This week, however, it was not a matter of dropped snaps, dropped passes, fumbles, penalties and poorly thrown passes – it was more about being too small and too slow to consistently move the ball. Army played a better game offensively, but there were few holes to run through and little separation by the receivers.
The defense looked tremendous. They limited Wake Forest to 213 yards. A punt return and interception returned for touchdowns gave the Demon Deacons 2 of 3 touchdowns.
Boston College beat #15 Georgia Tech @ Georgia Tech 24-10. They won their third ACC game. They limited the Yellow Jacket Offense to 267 total yards with just 63 on the ground.
What we Learned
Army's defense is terrific and can play with the teams from the premier conferences. We also solidified the notion that Army's offense is just plain bad. There is not enough speed at the wide-outs to gain any type of separation and give Carson Williams a target. There is not enough beef and strength on the offensive line to protect Carson Williams or create holes to initiate a running game.
At Boston College, we learned that the Eagles will bid for a BCS birth. The Eagles will play Army, UMASS, and Bowling Green before they return to the ACC. They will have remaining games with Virginia Tech and Clemson. If they win one of those two games, they will play for the ACC championship.
Who is favored?
Boston College is favored by 27.5 points.
What to look for?
Very similar to last week – look for Army to have problems moving the ball and the very predictable "wrinkle" offense. I don't suspect that Army will be able to run the ball nor will Williams be able to take more than a three step drop. I would imagine that Walsh is seeing a pattern emerge and will begin to employ more screens and more full-back dives. Army must be able to sustain drives in order to be competitive.
On defense, Boston College will be the best team they face all year.
On defense, Army has confidence. Confidence may take a back seat to speed this week. BC should be able to move the ball with consistency and ease. Army's defense, while very good, is not that of Georgia Tech.
There is no reason why Army could or should compete in this game other than the "let down" factor. I do not believe that Boston College will take Army seriously. They are probably looking at this game as their first week of a two week IAA vacation. They have seen Army's offensive scheme already this year and they have beaten two teams with the best defenses in the ACC – there is no reason to practice for Army or take them seriously. With this in mind…watch out. It could be one of those magical games where Army will compete until the very last play. It is time for a few bounces to go Army's way.
Final Score – Boston College 28 – Army 14 (Predictions this year 0-3)
Game will be televised on ESPN Classic 1:00PM EST.