No one really expected a Matt Ryan-less Boston College to be particularly good this season, but a 5-1 record at this point in the season was never out of the question. The Eagles have played two teams that have sniffed the Top 25, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech and split those games. Their other four opponents are a combined 7-21, with three of the four winless in their respective conferences. The upset of Virginia Tech last week is the first game to put them on the map. So what does this mean for the Heels?
Caulton Tudor had an interesting point while surveying last week's carnage:
The biggest problem in the league hasn’t changed a lot, either. It’s mundane offensive strategies, magnified by average quarterbacking. With the exception of BC, which has no business whatsoever being 2-1 and 5-1, every team in the league is playing not to lose on offense. The Eagles’ Jeff Jagodzinski — with Steve Logan calling plays — has emerged as the only consistently aggressive head coach in the conference.
This can work for or against the Heels - the defense thrives on turnover generation and big plays, something that can bring big dividends against an aggressive offense. When you add the fact that BC's primarily a pass-first team, it looks pretty good for UNC. On the other hand, Steve Logan's offenses were 2-0 against Butch Davis's Miami defenses.
Defensively, the Eagles are a mixed bag. They bottled up the Virginia Tech and N.C. State running games but allowed Tyrod Taylor to get 110 yards from under center, and had Georgia Tech run all over them. The Wolfpack were surprisingly successful through the air, the Hokies, not so much. I almost think BC has an advantage being in the hinterlands of the ACC - no one, even in Boston, pays attention to them. How they'll fare in Chapel Hill, where the Eagles are 0-2, is anyone's guess.