Boston College preview: Missouri (2-1) vs. Boston College (3-0)

LINE: Missouri -1 (O/U 58)

Three keys offensively for Boston College:

1.) Run, run, run…

I know people want to see this offense open up a bit, it would give all of us a little more confidence in where Dennis Grosel can take this team, but this isn’t the week for it. Missouri enters this game giving up an absurd 269.3 yards per game on the ground. I want to see Pat Garwo, Alec Sinkfield, Travis Levy and even Zay Flowers rack up about 300 yards rushing on 40 carries. Grosel can hit Zay and Barry for a couple big plays, but BC fans should be clamoring to see a dominant effort in the run game. It’ll be a nice little tune up for the slugfest the O-line should be in next weekend.

2.) Discipline…

So far in the Hafley era, when BC stays disciplined they usually win, or at least have a much easier time doing so. If the Eagles can stay away from pre-snap penalties then I think this offensive line can control the game whether Frank Cignetti chooses to run or pass.

3.) Take what they give you…

While Missouri has been getting gashed on the ground, they’re only giving up 186.3 passing yards per game. Grosel obviously has plenty of experience and the coaching staff has the utmost confidence in him, but it’ll be up to him to not try and do too much and take what the Tigers give him. It’s unfair to call Grosel a game manager because I do think he’s talented enough to keep this offense looking at least similar to how it looked with Jurkovec under center.

Three keys defensively for Boston College:

1.) Use the crowd…

There wasn’t much hype surrounding this game until Missour’s head coach put his foot in his mouth, but now with some juice after banter between the head coaches and the fact it’s family weekend, Alumni should be rocking on Saturday for this historic matchup. SEC schools have quite the repitauon for tailgating, but this should be a full Mass-hole display and the defense needs to take full advantage of it early and often.

2.) Limit Connor Bazelak’s production…

The sophomore quarterback has some pretty ridiculous numbers early this season. Bazelak’s thrown for 897 yards and nine TD’s with only one pick and the Missouri offense is averaging 40.3 points per game and 513.7 yards per game. This is going to be the Eagles’ stiffest test yet on defense and it’ll be up to the pass rush to help out guys like Mike Palmer, Josh DeBerry and Brandon Sebastian on the back end.

3.) Limit Tyler Badie at all costs…

It’s a bit of a pick your poison thing here with Bazelak and Badie. Badie is probably the more dangerous player since he’s got 345 yards rushing (3 TD’s) and 142 yards receiving (3 TD’s) early on this season. I think this is the guy Hafley and Team Lukabu will need to focus on, he seems to be the Alvin Kamara of Missouri’s offense if you will and the straw that stirs the drink. If BC can limit his production they should be in good shape.


This one is coming down to a last-second kick from Danny Longman. As much as I’d love to see BC win by 40 not only to shove it down the throat of Missouri’s head coach but to make a statement nationally that they deserve to be ranked, I just think this offense is still going to struggle to truly get going as Grosel continues to ramp it up. I think the defense will be generally dependable on Saturday, but the Tigers are going to score their share of points, they have too much skill to get completely shut out. It should be an incredible atmosphere as Missouri becomes the first SEC team to play in Chestnut Hill since 1987.

If the Eagles are able to get to 4-0 for the first time since 2007 the fan base may not sleep all week to get ready for the showdown in Death Valley.

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