No respect I tell you. That is, for Boston College. What do these guys have to do in football to impress us ACC and college football fans. Win an Atlantic Division title? Well, they have done that twice. Have first round NFL talent? Try third pick overall Matt Ryan and top ten pick B.J. Raji in the last few years. Yet, we(and I say we because I am right there with you non-BC fans) continue to underrate these guys. I guess we could expect an ACC title, but we give Clemson, NC State, and Florida State respect in the division and they have not done much lately with titles.
Let’s venture to see why they are not respected…
Possible Explanation No. 1-The Yankee School
Analysis: They are the one school that is just way up there on the geographic scale. The other eleven schools all reside beneath the Mason-Dixon while BC is on that northern island. This hurts them media-wise because the Virginia, the North and South Carolina, the Florida, and the Georgia media are not going to know a whole lot about the Eagles. They make up 95% or so of the media covering the ACC on a daily basis. The Yankee school factor then trickles down to the fans in those states as they underrate the Eagles as just a passing fad. Wake Forest received similar treatment for a little while, but their regional placement has benefited them with more praise then what BC gets now.
Possible Explanation No. 2-Small School, Big City
Analysis: This is another media related reason as even in the city of Boston—it’s hard to find in-depth coverage of the Eagles. They are team number 8 or 9 in the hearts of Bostonians. It is a pro sports city. The only other ACC school that is in such a big metro area is Georgia Tech, but there is plenty of good coverage for them.
Possible Explanation No. 3-They Are Boring
Analysis: What is Boston College football? They play to the often chilly conditions of Massachusetts with a grind it out offense. They usually have strength on the lines which is used to over-power opponents with less strength(good example would be Clemson in the last few years—if not for Spiller, Clemson would have lost for a 4th straight year). My comparison for boring football would be found at Virginia in the ACC. They are receiving little-to-no hype also(but there is sufficient reason for that). It is kind of funny that both BC and UVA were looking at the no-huddle, Big XII offenses for inspiration in the offseason.
Possible Explanation No. 4-A Losing Paper Football Team
Analysis: For me, the usual outlets I use for research just leave BC lacking. They are never burning up the recruiting trail comparatively against the other ACC schools. The skill players don’t blow you away, but they produce. Even a Matt Ryan, who was a good ACC player, few thought he would light up the NFL like he did last season. The numbers just do not show how BC wins and that is okay. It is good to see a team just defy the odds and win in different ways.
Any other possible explanations as to why BC is so disrespected? This is a group therapy session so let it all out people…