BC Looks to Stay Unbeaten

Boston College is off to its first 6-0 start in 65 years. First-year head coach Jeff Jagodzinski inherited an experienced and talented bunch when Tom O'Brien decided to leave for North Carolina State. The Eagles will try to make it 7-0 on Saturday when the team travels to South Bend to take on 1-5 Notre Dame. The fast start has Boston-area fans buzzing.

But it's not the only sports team in town that's having a successful season. The New England Patriots are 5-0 and won every contest by at least 17 points. The Boston Red Sox are in the American League Championship Series after sweeping the Anaheim Angels and will next face the Cleveland Indians. All three teams will be in action this weekend and Beantown fans will have plenty to root for over a three-day period.

"I think it's great," Jagodzinski said on Wednesday during a conference call. "If you look at the fans in Boston, they're going to watch the Red Sox on Friday, watch BC vs. Notre Dame on Saturday and watch the Cowboys and Patriots on Sunday. What a great sports weekend that is."

As for Boston College, the Eagles come into South Bend with a lot of momentum. Boston College has won all six games by at least 10 points and its elevated the team to No. 4 in both polls. Quarterback Matt Ryan is being mentioned in the Heisman Trophy discussion while the defense is third against the run. Things are good for the Eagles.

But in seasons past, Boston College was always falling a game short of bigger possibilities. Several times under O'Brien, the Eagles were a game away from a possible BCS berth but couldn't get over the hump. This season, Boston College is currently 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Five more conference games await, including a trip to Virginia Tech on October 25th. Jagodzinski has made the goal clear: win the ACC and get to a BCS Bowl.

"If they keep their eye on the final goal and where we want to go, that'll keep the focus," Jagodzinski said. "But you can't get there unless you win the next game and that's where we are now."

The Eagles head coach gives credit to the veterans on the roster for the success so far in 2007.

"This group of seniors, the past three years they've won nine, nine and ten," Jagodzinski said. "They've been one game away from where they've wanted to be. They took it upon themselves to make a mark. We'll see how it goes."

One player leading the charge is Ryan. The senior quarterback has been impressive through six games. Ryan has thrown for 1,857 yards and 15 touchdowns. In his career, the senior is 20-4 in games he's started, has three 400-yard passing days and fit's the bill as well. Ryan is 6-5, 220 pounds and Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis predicted the Eagles quarterback would be an early, high pick in the NFL Draft.

"He's a tremendous leader," Jagodzinski said of Ryan. "He's got great vision. Honestly, he's a gym rat. He loves to get in there and watch film and talking about the game plan. He just loves the game. He's one of those guys that elevates everyone's play around them."

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