One sign that a coach is having internal issues is when he or she seems more focused on an opponent than the coach’s own team.
Especially after a contest has already taken place. Dave Doeren, head skipper of the North Carolina State Wolfpack, said in a post-game presser that Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tiger coaching staff should be investigated for violating NCAA rules by bringing a laptop to the sideline. Swinney was outraged by the remarks, which stemmed from a kid from the Clemson pep squad using the device to post on Twitter…nothing more.
Doeren would be better served to focus on the Boston College Eagles, who have won 3 in a row, including blow-out wins over Virginia and Florida State in the past 2 weeks.
BC is playing at home, having given up only 1 touchdown in the past 8 quarters. But Vegas still thinks the Wolfpack will prevail, giving NC State a FG’s advantage in the point spread.
Who: North Carolina State Wolfpack at Boston College Eagles
When: Saturday, November 11th, 12 PM EST
Where: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, MA
Lines: NCSU (-3) at BC (+3) / O/U Total: (52)
Everyone has known for a while that if BC’s offense ever woke up, the hard-nosed Eagles would be a force to reckon with. QB Anthony Brown is still finding his way as a passer, but the team’s OL and rushing offense has improved by leaps and bounds.
The real key to this contest, though, will be whether Boston College can take advantage of a noisy home crowd and rush the passer. If Ryan Finley is given enough time, he’ll pick any college defense apart through the air.
BC’s sack and hurry totals have been modest, especially for a strong defensive team. The Eagles did connect for 3 sacks against UVA, but mostly played coverage against FSU last week. The pressure is there, but not overwhelming…the BC defense excels in other areas.
We’re liking the Wolfpack to overcome their coach’s mental lapse and have a good week against Boston College. The Eagles have come a long way in a short time, but can’t pressure or stop Finley’s aerial assault over 4 quarters. Take the visitors to cover (-3) points.