Boston College Four Down Preview: Boston College Eagles (2-4) @ No. 13 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-1)

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Kickoff: Coming off a much-needed bye week, the Eagles head back out on the road for another tough matchup with No. 13 Wake Forest. Kickoff is set for 3:30 on Saturday and it’s another crucial spot for BC if the program has ideas of making a bowl game this season.

First down: Sitting at 2-4 and still ravaged by injuries, there’s a reason why the Eagles are 20.5-point underdogs this weekend. BC’s inability to score much this season – aside from games against Maine and Louisville – is a problem that doesn’t seem to be getting fixed any time soon.

Second down: Zay Flowers is leading the ACC is just about every receiving category, which means he’ll obviously have extra attention on him. Jaelen Gill, Joe Griffin, Jaden Williams and whichever running back is healthy enough to play need to carry the load and help Phil Jurkovec out if BC has any chance in this game. The offensive line is still banged up and probably won’t be at full strength, which means the other skill guys desperately need to step up.

Third down: On the flip side, the defense will have its hands full with stud quarterback Sam Hartman and wide receiver A.T. Perry, among many others. The defense has been the lone bright spot this year, keeping the Eagles in most games – at least for a little while – and they’ll need another steady performance against one of the most efficient offenses in the country.

Fourth down: If this game is close in the fourth quarter, all eyes might be on Connor Lytton. Lytton had a rough day against Clemson his last time out and has sort of hit the “sophomore slump” stage this season. It’ll be very interesting to see how he responds if he’s called upon to make a big kick or two late in this game. Either way, this season has been a good learning lesson for the young kicker and there’s very little doubt he’s going to have a big impact for this program moving forward.

Extra Point: If BC is able to pull off this upset, then a bowl game is very much in play. If not, 2-5 with games against Syracuse and Notre Dame still loom as well as a Friday night game with Duke and a road game against a suddenly not-so-easy-to-beat UConn team. This game against Wake Forest could literally determine the team’s fate the rest of the way.

Final Drive: While injuries aren’t an excuse, there’s no way around the fact that they’ve had a major impact on the Eagles this season. Win or lose Saturday, the team simply never had an opportunity to see what it was at full strength, going all the way back to camp when Christian Mahogany got hurt before things even got started. It’s hard to expect much from this team at this point and it seems like we’re on our way to another disappointing season in Chestnut Hill, but a win on Saturday would speak volumes about this team’s commitment to the messaging Hafley and his staff continue to preach.