As Boston College heads into its fourth game of the season, the Eagles find themselves ranked in both the Coaches and AP polls. Now, they travel to face an 0-3 Purdue team that is reeling, but could easily be 3-0.
Let's get in some early thoughts on this game.
— An easy projection for any Eagles game this year is to take a quick look at the opposing team's run defense and see how it will stack up to a Heisman-level running back and giant offensive line. It should please BC fans that Purdue has allowed 156 yards per game, which is tied for 71st in the nation against the run. Last week against Missouri, the Boilermakers allowed 233 yards on the ground at 5.1 yards per carry. Mizzou has a very good offense with an excellent quarterback, but this will be the best rushing attack Purdue has seen to date, and we would be shocked if AJ Dillon doesn't have another monster day.
— OK, we thought the first two games may have been just working out the kinks, but after last weekend's game with Wake Forest, we feel pretty safe in the assumption that special teams errors could cost the Eagles a game if they don't clean things up on that end. Three blocked punts for touchdowns in three games should tell you enough, but this game again presents its own unique challenges in that regard, and we will get to that in our next item.
— Rondale Moore is someone BC will have to gameplan for. The true freshman wide receiver can hurt you either running the ball, catching passes, or returning punts or kickoffs. He's electric. In the opener against Northwester, Moore set the program record for all-purpose yardage by dominating in those categories. Don't forget, that is what he did the first time he stepped on the field. He's only going to get better. You want to see if the special teams has improved? See if the Eagles can contain a guy as explosive as this.
— Purdue may be 0-3, but despite the lackluster performance against Eastern Michigan, this is an offense that can do as much or more damage on the BC defense than Wake Forest did. Moore is a guy the Eagles need to be aware of at all times, and Purdue will either have Elijah Sindelar or David Blough — or, as has been the case at times this season, both — at quarterback. Coach Jeff Brohm is one of the brightest offensive minds in the game, and this can turn into a shootout if the Eagles aren't careful.