B.C. a tough challenge for Navy

Another season, another bowl win. That's what Navy fans are hoping for Saturday in Charlotte. The Midshipmen go for their third straight bowl victory against Boston College in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

To recap: Navy blitzed Colorado State 51-30 in last year's Poinsettia Bowl and defeated New Mexico 34-19 in the Emerald Bowl a season earlier. However, Boston College (9-3) poses a bigger challenge than Colorado State or New Mexico. The Eagles enter battle-tested, coming off a tough Atlantic Coast Conference schedule.

Boston College lost three Atlantic Coast Conference games by a combined 12 points."They are big and physical," Navy coach Paul Johnson said. "They are a very talented team. I'm not so sure they aren't the best team in the ACC. Their quarterback is very experienced and very efficient. Defensively, they are top 30 in the country with some really huge guys. It will be a big challenge for us." But don't expect Navy to back down.

Navy is 9-3 and coming off a 26-14 win over Army on Dec.2 in Philadelphia. That made five wins in a row over the Black Knights. Here's to three in a row in bowl games. Frank Spaziani is Boston College's coach, well, technically. Spaziani is serving as interim coach.He expressed interest in the job when Tom O'Brien bolted for North Carolina State earlier this month, but Boston College hired Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski as its 33rd coach last week. Despite the transition, Spaziani said things have gone smooth. Spaziani, who served as the Eagles' defensive coordinator, is expected - along with linebackers coach Bill McGovern - to stay on under Jagodzinski in some capacity.

Extra points: Spaziani served as an assistant at Navy under George Welsh from 1975-81 along with O'Brien ... A weapon to watch for Boston College is junior linebacker Brian Toal. Sure, he can hit, but he can also run. He lines up at fullback ocassionally and has scored five touchdowns this year ... A win over Boston College would give Johnson 100 for his career. He is 99-34 (.744), which serves as the 10th best record among active Division I-A coaches ... Navy is 6-5-1 all-time in bowl games ... Navy and Boston College last met on Oct. 19, 2002 with the Eagles recording a 46-21 win. A victory in the Meineke Care Care Bowl would make Navy's senior class the first to graduate with three bowl wins.


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