An ACC battle breaks out under the Friday night lights as the Miami Hurricanes gear up for the Boston College Eagles up north.
Miami (5-2, 2-1 ACC) is seeking a conference win to lift it up after the 16-13 loss against Virginia last week and Boston College (5-2, 2-1 ACC) stands in front of that bounce back for the ‘Canes. The two teams meet for the first time since the season opener in 2012. In that matchup six years ago, it was the ‘Canes to come out on top in a high-scoring affair of 41-32.
Fast forwarding from that win, Miami faces a tougher challenge with the Eagles as ACC play begins to deepen passing the midway point in the season.
With Miami favored with a 3.5 spread, it will look to cap it’s 25th win against Boston College.
Miami had no problem picking up five-straight wins after the opening loss against LSU, but a loss against Virginia has some fans worried.
The ‘Canes look to keep the wheels churning even after a loss, though. With an offense that has had its fair shares of ups and downs thus far. Miami enters the pack of ACC games for the season now and will need the experience to tussle through the conference, and that means having Malik Rosier behind center.
Even with N’Kosi Perry receiving two consecutive starts, the freshman struggled in previous games despite the 28-27 win over Florida State. There is a safer approach with Perry behind center as Miami leans more towards running back Travis Homer and the ground attack.
While the ‘Canes are doing well through the ground, Boston College fights right back with the powerful backfield including A.J. Dillon. The Eagles will key in utilizing Dillon for their advantage and chew clock, but Miami does the same.
Miami comes in with just above 1,300 yards on the ground for the season with a chance to raise that against the Eagles. Boston College ranks outside the top 50 in stopping the run allowing 150 yards a game, so the ‘Canes look to churn the ground game to carry The U forward against the Eagles.
However, it will take the experience of Rosier to get going through the air for the rushing to open up.
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— Athlon Sports (@AthlonSports) October 26, 2018
Balance With Dillon
The Eagles aren’t known to be a huge threat to a top-tier team such as Miami, but the 2018 season brings in a new character.
Boston College is a balanced offensive force. Although laying weaker towards the defensive end, the Eagles make up for it with 3,000+ yards total offense for the season. A split right down the middle of 1,500+ yards through the air and rushing, Boston College can attack from multiple areas.
Speaking of the rushing attack, already mentioned Dillon at the tailback position, has carried the Eagles on his shoulders a few games.
The sophomore comes in with 652 yards on the season after missing the last two games due to an ankle injury. Dillon is set to return against Miami and pick up right where he left off averaging 130.4 yards in the first five games.
The difference with Boston College’s ground game is Dillon can establish a rhythm without any assistance from the passing game.
Miami will need to key in on Dillon as he is set to return and continue to push the Eagles forward in the ACC.