Scouting the Eagles

The chances for a 12th consecutive bowl game now apparently down to slim and none, Boston College looks at the rest of the schedule as a chance to build for the future.

It's not that 2-5 means it's all over, or that anyone at the Heights is officially throwing in the towel, but the questions following the team entering the season have not been answered in a positive way, and that's a school goes 1-5 against FBS teams. The only top-division win is over Kent State, a MAC team with a 3-4 record.

"I've been out front with these problems since Day 1," coach Frank Spaziani said. "I know I have my mind in the right frame."

The Eagles take a five-game losing streak into Saturday's home game against the Clemson, the last chance at salvaging any real hopes of a bowl bid. And they do it having taken a huge hit in the experience department in last week's loss to Maryland.

BC lost three seniors in that game, all on defense.

Defensive end Alex Albright saw his injury-riddled college career likely come to an end with a broken right fibula. Safety Wes Davis was carried off the field and spent the night in a hospital for observation after his second college neck injury, and cornerback/return man DeLeon Gause left with knee problems.

Albright is clearly out this week, and there was no definitive word on the defensive backs.

FRIDAY NOTES: It's tough enough for a young football team to find ways to win in the middle of a losing streak. But Boston College saw three seniors, all on defense, go down in last week's loss to Maryland.

"There are only so many seniors," coach Frank Spaziani said after defensive end Alex Albright (broken fibula), safety Wes Davis (neck) and cornerback DeLeon Gause (knee) all went down.

"We've talked about how young we were and some of the leadership. Taking two of those guys that we're counting on out of the playing mix -- and once again, Wes is still up in the air, I'm not sure where that is -- but it certainly leaves opportunity (for young players) to step in and increase their leadership capabilities. But it's a loss."

While Albright's season and career would appear to be over, there was no official word on the status of the other two. Davis, who saw his 2007 season end with neck surgery, suffered another neck injury, while Gause is dealing with non-surgical knee cartilage problems.

* The Eagles have lost five straight games for the first time since 1998, when they dropped six in a row in Tom O'Brien's second season at the Heights. That was last time BC didn't make it to a bowl game.

* If you're into gloomy stats, the last time a BC team lost seven straight in one season was back in the 0-11 1978 season. The Eagles did lose eight in a row bridging 1990 and '91 (four in each season). BC is at Wake Forest and Duke (a combined 3-11) the next two weeks.

* The Eagles have lost the last two years against Clemson, after winning four in a row, two of them requiring overtime.

SERIES HISTORY: Clemson leads Boston College, 9-8-2 (last meeting, 2009, Clemson 25-7).

SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The Eagles shuffled their offensive line around leading up to the Maryland game, and Montel Harris ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns. He was stuffed, however, on a fourth-and-1 late, killing BC's comeback from a 24-7 Maryland lead.

Quarterback Chase Rettig, who makes his fourth college start this week and hopes to make it through his third in a row, would have better numbers if his receivers could hold onto the football.

The offensive numbers are woeful: BC, long known for its power running game, is 105th in the country in rushing (remember, sacks come off the average), 79th in passing, 112th in total offense and 104th in offensive scoring.

SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The defense took a hit last week with three starters going down with injuries. It also took a hit with Maryland converting 10 of 19 third-down chances.

"A lot of it was in third-and-medium situations," coach Frank Spaziani. "It's a combination of a lot of things. We have to manage it better, try to help the kids out. We have to get that corrected."

The Eagles are fourth in the country against the run, just 80th against the pass, 22nd in team defense but just 65th in scoring defense. Clemson, this week's opponent, is 40th in rushing and 92nd in passing.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Any loss is frustrating, no matter how it happens. After five losses, each game gets magnified, so we have to concentrate on this week and get a win this week." -- LB Luke Kuechly, after last Saturday's loss to Maryland. Top Stories