Boston College (3-1) could soon be making an appearance in the AP Top 25 poll as the Eagles have been dancing around in the “others receiving votes” category since upsetting Southern California two weeks ago.
Beating Colorado State at home this weekend (12:30 p.m., ESPN 3) won’t exactly wow voters as the Eagles are favored by a touchdown. But the Rams certainly qualify as a “quality opponent” as they own a 2-1 record and play out of the oft-overlooked Mountain West Conference.
The Rams beat Colorado (31-17) in their home opener a month ago, fell to Boise State (37-24) on the road a week later and beat UC Davis (49-21) at home on Sept. 13.
Colorado State enjoys airing it out as, statistically, they have the 11th best passing attack in the country, throwing the ball at a 340-yards per game clip. Garrett Grayson is the maestro at quarterback with Rashard Higgins (19 catches, 306 yards, three touchdowns in 2014) hauling in most of Grayson’s passes. The Rams will likely be without second leading receiver Joe Hansley this weekend at The Heights as he went down with what was believed to be a concussion at practice this week.
It’s entirely possible that this game could be a high-scoring affair as Colorado State’s defensive weakness plays into Boston College’s strength. The Rams allow 212.3 yards per game on the ground, the 106th worst mark out of 124 teams in FBS. Boston College, meanwhile, is fifth best in college football and running the ball as it averages 336.3 yards per game. BC nearly had three players rush for over 100 yards in last week’s win over Maine as Marcus Outlow (107 yards on 14 carries), Tyler Murphy (99 yards on 13 carries) and Jon Hilliman (98 yards on 21 carries) excelled on the ground.
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