Boston College (2-6) at Wake Forest (4-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, Nov. 3, 3:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: BB&T Field (31,500) -- Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Television: RSN. Home Record: Boston College 2-2, Wake Forest 3-2. Away Record: Boston College 0-4, Wake Forest 1-2. Neutral Record: Boston College 0-0, Wake Forest 0-0. Conference Record: Boston College 1-4, Wake Forest 2-4. Series Record: Boston College leads, 10-7-2.
GAME NOTES: Fresh off their first conference win of the season, the Boston College Eagles will look to make it two straight in a road trip to BB&T Field to battle the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
Chase Retting connected on a 14-yard touchdown pass to Johnathan Coleman with less than a minute left in regulation as the Eagles surged to a 20-17 win over Maryland. The Eagles let a 13-0 lead slip away in the game but made enough plays down the stretch to survive. The win was also the first of the season for the Eagles against a team at the FBS level with the only other victory a 34-3 rout of FCS opponent Maine in the second week of the year. The Eagles face an uphill battle in this matchup, as they are 0-4 on the road this season.
It was seemingly over before it even started as Wake Forest dropped its last game in a 42-13 rout at the hands of now No. 13 Clemson. Wake Forest went down 35-0 in the first half and trailed 35-7 heading into halftime. It was the fourth straight loss to Clemson by the Demon Deacons and dropped them to 4-4 overall and 2-4 in conference play. The loss came even despite the return of star wide receiver Michael Campanaro, who returned to the team after missing the last two games with a broken hand.
These squads have been conference foes for only the last seven seasons, as Boston College made the move from the Big East to the ACC in 2005. In that time Boston College has gone 5-2 against the Demon Deacons to grab hold of the all-time series lead with a 10-7-2 mark. Last season it was Wake Forest that came out on top with a 27-19 victory in Chestnut Hill.
At 2-6 it is no surprise that Boston College has not exactly lit it up offensively this season. The Eagles are ranked 10th in the conference in total offense (361.8 ypg), while scoring at a rate of 23.1 points per game, the ninth best mark in the ACC. Boston College's offensive woes stem from an inability to make plays in crucial spots. The Eagles are ranked last in the conference in third down conversions (28.3 percent) and last in red zone efficiency (73.3 percent).
Rettig did make a play in a crucial spot last week against Maryland as he continues to prove to be a solid quarterback for the Eagles. Rettig has thrown for 2,204 yards and 15 touchdowns, while completing 56 percent of his passes. Rettig has also limited his mistakes with only five interceptions thus far. Rettig's average of 275.5 yards per game through the air is the fourth best mark in the conference.
It would be unlikely that Rettig would be enjoying so much success if it weren't for Alex Amidon. The wide receiver has caught 57 passes for an ACC- leading 943 yards to go along with five touchdowns. Amidon, along with DeAndre Hopkins of Clemson, are the only players in the conference with more than 900 yards receiving with an average of more than 100 yards per game.
In the running game, Andre Williams is the workhorse, carrying the ball 126 times for 599 yards and four scores. The Eagles have largely been a pass-first offense with league lows in rushing attempts (227) and yards (660).
Boston College could stand to get more production from its defense as well. In fact that area is a more pressing need than the offense. The Eagles are allowing 486.0 yards per game and 31.3 points, both good enough to top only Miami-Florida in the conference rankings. While the offense can't sustain drives, the defense can't put an end to them, with teams converting on an ACC- high 48.5 percent of their attempts on third down.
With opposing offenses constantly on the field there have been plenty of opportunities for defenders to rack up large tackling totals. None has been as prolific as linebacker Nick Clancy, who has a conference-leading 93 this season. Steele Divitto (70), Sean Sylvia (69) and Kevin Pierre-Louis (68) have also put up big numbers. Pierre-Louis is the most disruptive with a team-high four tackles for loss and a pair of sacks.
Getting back Campanaro is a huge boost for the Wake Forest offense. The receiver is unquestionably the team's go-to pass catcher and the most efficient offensive producer. Campanaro's numbers (44 receptions, 481 yards) were not even threatened to be overtaken as the best on the squad although fullback Tommy Bohanon eclipsed him in receiving touchdowns with four in the last two weeks alone.
Tanner Price is the man throwing it to Campanaro and that hasn't always been a good thing. Price has accumulated some modest numbers this season, completing 52.6 percent of his pass attempts for 1,559 yards and nine touchdowns to go with four interceptions. Price is one of just four quarterbacks with at least 150 attempts to average fewer than 200 yards passing per game.
Running the ball has not been a huge priority for the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest has only 979 yards on the ground, making it one four teams that has yet to reach the 1,000-yard mark as a team. Still Wake Forest is averaging more than 100 yards rushing per game (111.8) powered by the efforts of Josh Harris (508 yards) and Deandre Martin (308).
Wake Forest has been a better defensive team than the Eagles, but that isn't saying much. The Demon Deacons are ranked close to the middle of the conference in a number of different defensive categories including total defense (421.1 ypg) and scoring defense (29.8 ppg).
Mike Olson (59) and Justin Jackson (57) are the leaders in tackles, although Jackson has been the more dominating force with a team-high in both tackles for loss (5.0) and sacks (4.0). Zach Thompson can also get into the backfield and cause issues (4.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks).
This has all the makings of an ugly contest in which the key will be which defense gets the most stops. Rettig can air it out well but the Eagles have not played well on the road, leaving an opening for Wake Forest to capture a win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wake Forest 24, Boston College 20
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