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
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
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wake Forest 24, Boston College 20
10/31 10:43:19 ET