Day & Time: Saturday, November 7, 2 p.m. ET
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse. N.Y.
Line: The line has held pretty steady at -14 for Boston College.
Boston College Blog: BC Interruption
Rivalry: 31-21, Syracuse
Current Streak: 1, Boston College
First Meeting: One of the oldest northeast football rivalries got started early in 1924. Boston College traveled to Archbold Stadium and got rewarded by scoring zero points against the Orange. Syracuse took a 10-0 victory and the teams wouldn’t play again for another 20 years. The annual game between the programs began in 1971.
Last Meeting: Boston College employed an excellent three-step process to find a win in Central New York last year that went like this:
Step 1: Give the ball to AJ Dillon
Step 2: ???
Step 3: Profit
Dillon destroyed the Orange with 242 rushing yards on 35 attempts including three touchdowns. Not to be outdone, David Bailey added 172 rushing yards and two touchdowns as the Eagles pounded their way to a 58-27 victory over the Orange.
Head Coaches: Syracuse - Dino Babers (fifth year, 24-32) | Boston College - Jeff Hafley (first year, 4-3)
Coach Bio: Hafley played collegiate football not far from Syracuse as he was a wide receiver for Siena in the capital region. He earned a masters at Albany and was a defensive assistant and secondary coach for the Great Danes from 2002 to 2005. Hafley then made stops at Pittsburgh and Rutgers before the NFL came calling. He took an assistant secondary coaching job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012 and became the secondary coach the following season. Hafley also took secondary coaching roles with the Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers before Ohio State named him co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State in 2019. An impressive defensive season with the Buckeyes convinced the Eagles to give Hafley his first head coaching gig in his career.
Last Year: Boston College started the 2019 campaign strong with a win over Virginia Tech, but the Eagles seemed to buoy up and down for the entire season. BC finished an even 6-6 in the regular season and were rewarded with a trip to the Birmingham Bowl, but No. 21 Cincinnati convincingly defeated the Eagles 38-6.
Last Game: The Eagles received a stroke of luck as Trevor Lawrence tested positive for Covid-19 and was forced to sit out Clemson’s game against Boston College. The Eagles took advantage of a slow-starting D.J. Uiagalelei to take a 28-13 lead into halftime. Then the Tigers revealed what happens when Travis Etienne doesn’t base his pregame meal around Frosted Flakes as he helped carry Clemson to a 34-28 victory.
“Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: It’s not often that defenses have to worry about opposing tight ends, but Hunter Long is Boston College’s highest graded player on Pro Football Focus with an 86.2. The redshirt junior has 478 receiving yards and 3 receiving touchdowns this year. Long continues to make a good argument that he should be seen as the best tight end in the conference, not Brevin Jordan.
If Syracuse Wins: Somehow the Orange get late-season life and extra motivation could kick-start a small winning streak.
If Syracuse Loses: Inevitably, we’ll blame throwback jerseys.
Fun Fact: If you haven’t seen this excellent moment from the BC-Clemson game, go watch it now. ESPN play-by-play broadcaster Joe Tessitore’s son John Tessitore is on the Eagles roster and he forced the Tigers to jump offside on a fake field goal attempt in the second quarter. The call from the elder Tessitore is brilliant.