Early thoughts on Boston College-Wake Forest


Just a few things bouncing around my head as Boston College readies for its first Atlantic Coast Conference game of the year against Wake Forest on Thursday night.


— A little weary of this game being played at all down there, even though the time of the game was moved down to a 5:30 p.m. kickoff. I'm not exactly sure what the weather will be like at the time, but from all reports, this hurricane does not look like something to be trifled with. Safety has to come first in instances such as this, and basically, don't know what to think about this game being played. Hopefully everyone just stays safe.


— As for the game itself, it is no secret that containing Wake Forest wide receiver Greg Dortch is a big concern for the Eagles. The sophomore can make plays from anywhere on the field. The real issue that has emerged is being able to take care of Dortch as a punt returner, as he took two back to the house against Towson this past weekend. Of course, Towson is an FCS team, but if there has been one phase of the game that BC has struggled with over the first two games, it is special teams. Some of those difficulties against Holy Cross were due to backups playing, but it is still the biggest area of improvement for the Eagles.


— This could be AJ Dillon's real Heisman introduction in the 2018 season. This is not a big surprise, but Wake will be the first power conference team the Eagles face this season. It is also on a night where BC will have the entire country's attention. The Demon Deacons have been solid against the run so far against inferior competition. Let's see if they can hold up against Dillon and that massive offensive line for four quarters.


— This is also a big game for Anthony Brown. He's looked fantastic the first two weeks, and the praise heaped on him has been deserved. However, it has to be noted that against UMass and Holy Cross, he was largely throwing to wide-open receivers against defenses that were selling out to stop the run. We need to see what happens when Brown is challenged by better secondaries and tighter coverage to fully know his potential this season.

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