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BC giving fans reasons for concern

I'll give it to them -- BC has been one of the more consistently underrated programs in the country.

Not this year.

This year, the Eagles' predicted fourth-place finish in the Atlantic Division is looking like an overstatement.

There was a buzz surrounding the program this summer following the hire of offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers and because of the expected improvement of quarterback Chase Rettig in his second season as a starter. However, after the program's first 0-2 start since 1994, expectations have been tempered. Mental mistakes and injuries have piled up in losses to Northwestern and Central Florida, and it's only going to get more difficult.

If you think BC is guaranteed a home win against Duke this weekend, think again.

Both programs have struggled, but there's no reason to believe that Boston College has any edge going into this game other than home-field advantage. If Duke put itself in position to have a lead on Stanford at the half, it can do the same against BC. Wake Forest and Maryland have also shown capable of throwing the Atlantic Division predictions out of whack this season, and have both looked better than BC.

Both the Terps and Deacs, though, were picked to finish behind Boston College in the division standings.

It looks like somebody will be underrated again, but so far, it's not BC.