ACC: Steve Logan

Go ahead, gimme one good reason: One good reason why your team is better than all the rest. One good reason why your team will win this season’s ACC title game. One good reason why your team will get back to a bowl game.

Or, you can wait for me to give it to you.

I’m a neutral reporter, though, so I see both sides of the story -- why your team will win, and of course, why it won’t. Let the series begin today with one good reason why …

Boston College will get back to a bowl game: Only Florida State has more returning starting experience.

The Eagles return 17 starters, including a two-year starter at quarterback in Chase Rettig. It’s not like coach Frank Spaziani doesn’t have anything to work with. This is not a rebuilding year for the roster. It’s a group of hard-working players who are disappointed with the direction of the program, and are willing to do their best to turn it around.

Nine starters return on offense, including four on the offensive line. What was a major question mark at this time a year ago should now be a strength for BC’s offense. First-year offensive coordinator Doug Martin said the offensive line should be one of the most improved groups. Even without running back Montel Harris, the Eagles have depth at the position. The biggest question is, who will emerge as a dependable wide receiver? Defensively, the Eagles have big shoes to fill after the early, but expected, departure of linebacker Luke Kuechly, but there is still plenty of talent at linebacker. Also, the defensive linemen gained valuable experience last season, and should be better at stopping the run.

Why it won’t: There has been too much turnover at the offensive coordinator position, plain and simple.

Martin will be the Eagles’ fifth offensive coordinator in five seasons, as BC has replaced Steve Logan (2008), Gary Tranquill (2009-10), and Kevin Rogers and Dave Brock (2011). The players have had to adjust to yet another personality, philosophy, scheme and terminology. How much better would Rettig have been, or how much more rapid would his growth have been had he continued to progress in the same system? The entire offensive staff got a shakeup this offseason, as four of the five assistants from last season are gone. Some have wondered whether or not Spaziani is an effective staff manager. He has maintained that Rogers took a leave of absence for health reasons, and the others left for better opportunities. All that matters this season is that everyone works together well enough to win, but even the players know staff stability counts for something.

BC's Spaziani looking for a quarterback

March, 31, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Boston College coach Frank Spaziani's perspective on the football team is a lot broader than it used to be. This spring, he's concentrating on the entire roster -- not just the defense -- and the former defensive coordinator is looking for a quarterback.

Five practices have come and gone, and there doesn't seem to be much separation yet among Dominique Davis, Justin Tuggle and Codi Boek. All three are learning a pro-style offense under first-year coordinator Gary Tranquill, but Davis has the edge in experience after starting the final three games of 2008.

"How are they looking?" Spaziani said. "They're looking like they need practice."

Here's the rundown:

Davis: His playing time came in Steve Logan's system, and Davis knows he'll need to improve his pocket presence under Tranquill. He looked capable of leading the offense in the regular-season finale -- a home win over Maryland -- but ended the season with back-to-back losses. Overall, Davis completed 45.7 percent of his passes(63 of 138) and threw six touchdowns and four interceptions.

Tuggle: The redshirt freshman from Georgia has the pedigree. His father, Jesse Tuggle, was a five-time Pro Bowl linebacker with the Atlanta Falcons, and his mother 's uncle is former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman and Hall of Famer Rayfield Wright.

Boek: He has made the complete 360 from quarterback to fullback and quarterback again. He came to BC last year as a junior college transfer and made the move to fullback. When Spaziani was hired, he asked Beck if he wanted to move back. Boek played the 2007 season at American River Junior College after beginning his collegiate career at Idaho State in 2006.

Of the three of them, only Davis has playing experience at the FBS level.

Is it an area of concern?

"Oh yeah," Spaziani said. "I haven't gotten dumb. Quarterback is a very important position."

Despite the ongoing search for a No. 1 quarterback, Spaziani said he likes what he's seeing on the offensive side.

"I see progress being made on offense," he said. "We've got a whole new system and a bunch of new coaches over there, but every day they're getting better, they really are. Now, whether they're good enough or not is different, but they're getting better every day."

Morning mailblog

March, 20, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Good morning, ACC fans. Sorry for the late start today. One thing I can address without finishing my coffee is squashing the rumor that Boston College and Georgia Tech might switch divisions. Not gonna happen. Now, without further delay ...

Luis, a Cane stuck in Virginia, wrote: Heather, just wanted to know what you thought about Mark Whipple potentially being promoted to HEAD COACH at the U if the canes have another lackluster season. I was never a fan of the Coker hire, I wasn't a fan of the Shannon hire either (at least Shannon has had success in recruiting), and Whipple just comes off as a guy who knows what he's doing when it comes to running a football team. Do you think this is even remotely a possibility? Or just a pipe dream for some of us cane fans?

Heather Dinich: If the Canes have another lackluster season, why would Kirby Hocutt want to promote anyone on staff? What if the offense is the reason they struggle? Here are my thoughts on Miami: I have no question about Mark Whipple's abilities as a coach, and I've heard he's a heckuva guy, too. It's only a matter of how quickly his players can learn -- and execute -- the offense. From what I'm told, they're doing well with it. If Miami struggles this year, it certainly won't be for a lack of talent, that's for sure.


John in New York writes: Should we take it as a vote of no-confidence in Dominique Davis and Justin Tuggle that Codi Boek was moved back from FB to QB? What is Gary Tranquill looking for in a QB? Does his scheme emphasize athleticism and running ability as much as Logan's did? Thanks!

Heather Dinich: Definitely not. That move will help the depth at the position AND the competition. Boek was a dual-threat quarterback in high school. I talked to Montel Harris recently and he said they're opening up the playbook a bit, there's a wider variety of plays to choose from, and that it's been pretty difficult to learn. I'll have more from that conversation for you later.


Greg in Greenville writes: Heather would like to know what you think of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets this year and for years to come. You think we have a chance at winning the ACC this year?

Heather Dinich: Yes, definitely. I spoke with the Jackets' D-line coach, Giff Smith, recently, and he seems confident in the guys who will be taking over there. Georgia Tech's success (much like everyone else) will be determined by how they fare up front. They've got to replace three of four starters on defense, and the offensive line simply has to get better. Other than that, they've got all of the ingredients they need.


Somebody wrote: Heather Is the ACC losing the Champs bowl to the Big East?

Heather Dinich: No, that relationship is as solid as ever. However, the conference is expected to announce soon a new bowl partnership to replace the Humanitarian Bowl. The EagleBank Bowl will move up to the No. 8 spot and a ninth bowl will be added.

BC's former coach and coordinator reunited in Tampa Bay

February, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Former Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski and former Eagles offensive coordinator Steve Logan are together again in Tampa Bay, and it's not for another ACC championship.

No, Logan recently joined Jagodzinski with the Tampa Bay Bucs. Logan was hired to coach the running backs. Tampa Bay also hired Chris Mosley as its offensive line coach. Mosley held the same position at BC two years ago.

What to watch in the ACC this spring

February, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

With Miami kicking off spring practice on Feb. 24, it's never too early to start thinking about spring football in the ACC. There are plenty of story lines heading into the 2009 season -- like backup quarterbacks and new coordinators.

Here are a few things to watch for each team in the ACC this spring:

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Spring practice starts:
March 17
Spring game: April 25

What to watch

  • Replacing 325-pound defensive tackles B.J. Raji and Ron Brace will be a large challenge -- literally. Damik Scafe could be a starter, but beyond him it's anybody's guess.
  • Quarterback Dominique Davis only has three games of experience over everyone else, so it's definitely not a given that it's his job to lose. Davis was thrown into the fire at the end of 2008, but former coach Jeff Jagodzinski and former offensive coordinator Steve Logan liked freshman Justin Tuggle, who redshirted this past season. Whether the new staff is as high on Tuggle remains to be seen.
  • Including former defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani, who was promoted to head coach, the Eagles will have six coaches in new positions this spring. With two new coordinators, a new offensive line coach, tight ends coach and a linebackers coach, this spring will be a chance for a few introductions.

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Another coach departs BC

January, 23, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Boston College offensive line coach/assistant head coach Jack Bicknell Jr. resigned this week, reportedly because he was under the impression he would be a leading candidate to be the Eagles' head coach if the position ever opened.

Bicknell actually was one of the top candidates to replace Jeff Jagodzinski earlier this month, but according to the Globe, Bicknell still felt misled by athletic director Gene DeFilippo. DeFilippo declined to comment for this article.

There are no guarantees, though, and if anyone knows that, it's DeFilippo.

DeFilippo was under the impression Jagodzinski would stay the length of his five-year contract, and felt a bond of trust had been broken when his head coach decided to start job hunting after two seasons. Bicknell was under the impression the title assistant head coach actually meant something.

Three Boston College coaches have now willingly walked away -- Jagodzinski could have saved his job but blatantly ignored a request from his boss not to interview with the Jets, offensive coordinator Steve Logan resigned, and now Bicknell left to join former BC coach Tom Coughlin and the Giants. Don't forget former offensive line coach Jim Turner, who also abruptly resigned two years ago and is now at Texas A&M. And of course, Tom O'Brien wasn't given much of a choice.

To be fair, Logan was one of Jagodzinski's hires, and had basically come out of retirement and radio to coach with him again, so his departure isn't too surprising. Bicknell was never promised the head-coaching job, and was given an opportunity to interview for it. DeFilippo hired the right man for the job, and the staff changes are consistent with most head-coaching transitions. Loyalty -- or perhaps more accurately miscommunication -- appears to be an underlying issue at Boston College, and it starts at the top.

How else do you explain the departure of two assistants with significant ties to the program and area?

Bicknell's father, Jack, was head coach at BC from 1981-90, and Bicknell earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from BC. He was the starting center when Flutie threw the Hail Mary pass to defeat Miami in 1984. Anyone connected to Flutie is forever linked with BC. This couldn't have been an easy decision for Bicknell, considering his father's place in school history.

Turner, a native of Braintree, Mass., was a two-year starter for coach Jack Bicknell as a fullback. He was named a team captain his senior year and earned a degree in sociology in 1988. He, too, walked away from his roots.

That adds up to two former head coaches and two assistant coaches who are no longer in Chestnut Hill in part because of decisions DeFilippo made. He fired Jagodzinski "without cause," but made public his desire for a coach who is loyal for the length of his contract. The irony of that situation is he had a loyal coach in O'Brien.

Ask DeFilippo's former Big East counterparts what they think of his loyalty.

Now, coach Frank Spaziani is tasked with finding a new offensive coordinator, a new defensive coordinator and a new offensive line coach, not to mention assure all of his recruits that everything is just fine and dandy in Chestnut Hill. If the coaches and athletic director can't honor their commitments, why should the recruits?

Because the coach that matters most -- Spaziani -- isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

That's one thing the folks at BC seem to be able to guarantee.

Boston College in need of change -- again

January, 6, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

There are far more questions coming out of Boston College than answers right now, as it's still not clear if coach Jeff Jagodzinski actually went through with an interview with the Jets that could cost him his current job.

Quite frankly, it doesn't even matter anymore.

As of right this second, Jagodzinski is still the head coach, and he has single-handedly caused a major upheaval in the very program he was hired to manage.

Even if Jagodzinski suddenly gets struck with a bolt of loyalty and decides to stay, the relationships are already strained. This is like a head-coach-in-waiting scenario, only we're all waiting for the head coach, and the fact that he hasn't made a public statement speaks volumes.

Clearly, Jagodzinski doesn't need anyone at Boston College. Not his athletic director, not his staff, and sadly, not his players. Go ahead and add his recruits to that list, because he's losing them, too.

The million dollar question is: What could possibly make Jagodzinski want to walk away from a $1 million-a-year job?

Jagodzinski is not to be faulted for wanting an NFL job, or even for interviewing for one after two seasons. Athletic director Gene DeFilippo is naive if he thinks Boston College is the final destination for young, talented coaches with higher aspirations. The problem is the sneaky way Jagodzinski went about it. Interview or no interview, the trust within the program has been broken and it's time to move on. Again.

Prior to the 2007 season, DeFilippo wanted a more charismatic, exciting coach. Somebody the fans could embrace. All Tom O'Brien had to offer was great character and seven straight bowl wins.

So O'Brien tumbled out and Jagodzinski strutted in, winning easily his first season and impressively his second.

What surprised me most about Jagodzinski this season was not the blatant disregard he showed for the state of the program when he scoffed at the notion he would be fired if he interviewed with the Jets. It was the fact that he somehow managed to contain his NFL-sized ego and allowed his two coordinators -- Steve Logan and Frank Spaziani -- to do their jobs.

That's how Boston College won this season.

"You're only as good as the people you surround yourself with," Jagodzinski said at the ACC championship game.

If only DeFilippo knew that when he hired Jagodzinski.

The two of them still have not sat down and talked since Saturday, and that's the only way this bizarre situation can be resolved. Instead, another day will pass without those within the program knowing in which direction they're headed.

Because of that, a new direction is needed at Boston College.

BC update

January, 5, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

I just spoke with a source at Boston College who said nothing has been determined yet -- including whether or not coach Jeff Jagodzinski will even interview with the Jets, or who his replacement would be if he does.

It was originally reported that offensive coordinator Steve Logan would replace Jagodzinski if he were to interview with the Jets, but that hasn't been decided yet.

We should know more soon.

Interview with Jets could cost Jagz his job

January, 4, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski will be fired if he interviews with the Jets on Monday, and guess what? Jagodzinski doesn't seem to care.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Jagodzinski plans to go through with the interview anyway, and if he is fired, offensive coordinator Steve Logan would be promoted to head coach.

Wow.

A few things quickly come to mind on this. One, how could Jagodzinski possibly win his team back if he outright chooses an opportunity -- not even a guaranteed job -- over them? I guess he wouldn't have to if he got fired, but clearly setting this up behind the scenes shows little loyalty to the program.

And two, why not choose defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani as the next head coach? Don't get me wrong, I have the utmost respect for Steve Logan and I think he did a tremendous job this season with what he had to work with. He also has head coaching experience from his days at East Carolina. But Spaziani is the most tenured member of that staff at BC, as he just finished his 12th season there. He is head coach material, his defenses have been outstanding, and he deserves a shot.

Jagodzinski has an NFL mentality and it wouldn't surprise me in the least if he made this move. The interview is scheduled for Monday, so we should know soon enough if there will be changes in Chestnut Hill.

BC ends season on sour note in Music City

December, 31, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

This was Vanderbilt's day, Vanderbilt's feel-good story.

Boston College lost to an inspired opponent that won its first bowl game in 53 years.

 
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  BC quarterback Dominique Davis struggled in 16-14 loss to Vanderbilt in the Music City bowl.

As good as Boston College played on defense -- a stifling effort in the 16-14 defeat -- the Eagles will remember their mistakes instead.

Boston College had two costly 15-yard penalties in the fourth quarter that led to the game-winning field goal, and three turnovers -- two interceptions and a fumble -- while Vanderbilt didn't surrender the ball once or commit one single penalty.

Vanderbilt needed three quarterbacks and a fluke touchdown to win the game. The Commodores got one of their touchdowns on a fumbled punt that bounced off of safety Paul Anderson's leg and into the end zone, where Vandy recovered it.

It was an unfortunate ending that is likely to overshadow an otherwise impressive season, considering what coach Jeff Jagodzinski had to work with. The Eagles' four-game winning streak in November that led to the Atlantic Division title and a spot in the ACC championship game has since faded into the background and has been replaced by back-to-back season ending losses in arguably the most important games of the season.

With the loss to Vanderbilt, Boston College's streak of eight straight bowl wins came to an end, but this is a team most outsiders never gave a chance to even compete for the ACC title. The Eagles were picked to finish fourth in their division because they lost Matt Ryan. They finished 2007 without a running back on the roster, and had to replace several key starters on defense.

Their offensive struggles and ability to win games on defense defined them this season, but weren't enough to finish the job. Rookie quarterback Dominique Davis has struggled since taking over for injured starter Chris Crane, and his last interception sealed the win for Vanderbilt. It didn't help that center Matt Tennant, arguably the Eagles' top offensive lineman, left in the second quarter with an elbow injury.

Offensive coordinator Steve Logan tried to help Davis out by putting all-conference tight end Ryan Purvis in the backfield and throwing checkdown passes to him. Simple routes, simple throws helped. But they got away from the short passing game, and that pressured Davis into uncomfortable throws. He struggled with his accuracy, just as he did in the ACC championship game.

Still, it was only his third career start, and unlike last year, Jagodzinski will head into spring practice with running backs to choose from.

BC's Davis not feeling like a rookie anymore

December, 18, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

The past and future of the Boston College offense were roommates in the team hotel the night before the ACC championship game. Injured quarterback Chris Crane told his replacement, redshirt freshman Dominique Davis, that Virginia Tech had been his toughest game of the season.

Davis would soon experience exactly what Crane was talking about.

After a polished performance at home against Maryland in his first career start, Davis struggled a week later against Virginia Tech in the ACC championship game. He was sacked five times and completed 17 of 43 passes (40 percent) for two interceptions and one touchdown. He also fumbled the ball twice, losing it once, and the Eagles lost, 30-12.

He's ready, though, for the next big stage.

Davis said he learned from his mistakes in the ACC title game, and that he's more confident heading into the Music City Bowl against Vanderbilt. He'll need to perform better, as Vandy has the No. 3 passing defense in the SEC, and has excelled at putting pressure on quarterbacks.

Much like Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt has won games with its defense. Junior D.J. Moore is tied for fifth in the country with six interceptions. The Commodores are ranked 117th in the country in total offense. They are 0-2, though, against the ACC this season, having lost to both Duke and Wake Forest.

Davis has been working with offensive coordinator Steve Logan on his pocket presence.

"I'm more prepared," Davis said. "A lot of people tell me it's not going to get any worse than Virginia Tech. ... Even though we lost and my game wasn't all that great, it was still a confidence booster. I know what it takes to get there, what we need to win."

Davis said Maryland didn't put as much pressure on him as Virginia Tech did, and that the Hokies forced him to get rid of the ball faster. The Music City Bowl will only be Davis' third career start, but he said Virginia Tech's defense forced him to mature quickly.

"After I got beat up so much by Virginia Tech in the championship game," he said, "I don't feel like a rookie at all anymore."

Boston College season review

December, 15, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Overview: The Eagles lost 11 starters from their 2007 team and were picked to finish fourth in their division, but far exceeded those expectations behind a game-changing defense led by ACC Defensive Player of the Year Mark Herzlich. Despite breaking in a new starting quarterback and a freshman running back, Boston College made its second straight appearance in the ACC title game under coach Jeff Jagodzinski. The Eagles earned an FBS-best three shutouts this year, and massive offensive and defensive lines helped the Eagles win up front.

Offensive coordinator Steve Logan didn't ask too much of first-year quarterback Chris Crane, and put him in positions to succeed. When Crane broke his collarbone on Nov. 22 at Wake Forest, the Eagles turned to inexperienced backup Dominique Davis, a redshirt freshman who played well enough to get BC to the ACC title game, but struggled in the championship. BC led the nation in non-offensive touchdowns, and enters the Music City Bowl having scored a non-offensive touchdown in seven straight games, the longest streak in the nation. BC leads the nation in interceptions (26), with Herzlich and Paul Anderson accounting for six each.

Offensive MVP: Freshman running back Montel Harris. He played with a chip on his shoulder all season after not being heavily recruited and it showed. Harris had a freshman-record five 100-yard rushing performances and broke the freshman rushing record in the Eagles' win over Maryland. Harris has 832 yards on 164 carries.

Defensive MVP: Linebacker Mark Herzlich. He led the Eagles with 105 tackles (79 solo), and had 11 tackles for loss and three sacks. He seemed to be everywhere the ball was, and had six interceptions and seven pass break-ups. Herzlich also had two fumble returns in the ACC championship game.

Turning Point: A 17-0 win over Notre Dame on Nov. 8. The shutout came after back-to-back losses and started a four-game winning-streak that propelled the Eagles to their second straight ACC championship game appearance. BC had to beat three straight Atlantic Division opponents to get to Tampa, and it did.

What's next: BC owns the nation's longest bowl winning streak with eight straight and is looking to make it nine in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl on New Year's Eve. The Eagles (9-4) will face Vanderbilt (6-6) in what is likely to be another defensive struggle.

ACC's lunchtime links: Title talk

December, 4, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

  • If Boston College is going to win the ACC title, it's going to have to do it with its backup quarterback. So far, Dominique Davis hasn't flinched. He joked that he might have to change his last name to Logan, though, since he's spending so much time with BC's offensive coordinator.
  • B.J. Raji and Mark Herzlich are going to present some problems for Virginia Tech.
  • There is at least one reason for the Hokies' slow ticket sales -- some fans would rather spend the money on going to a bowl game. Makes sense, but doesn't bode well for the atmosphere Saturday in Raymond James.
  • Virginia coach Al Groh is sticking around for his ninth season, despite some rumblings that he might not.
  • It looks like the EagleBank Bowl might have solved its problem, and Wake Forest is the answer. That means Maryland's most likely destination will be the Humanitarian Bowl.

What we learned in the ACC: Week 14

November, 30, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Well, the regular season is over and it took all 14 weeks to figure a few things out. Here's what Saturday revealed in the ACC:

Virginia Tech and Boston College will play for the ACC title. Again. Both teams took care of business at home on Saturday. The Hokies clinched the Coastal with their win over rival Virginia and BC won the Atlantic Division with little threat from Maryland. It's the second straight season they'll face each other in the ACC Championship Game, but both teams are vastly different from last year's. They are both young on offense and heavily dependent upon their defenses, but earned their way to the title game by beating the teams they had to. BC closed its regular season with four straight wins while the Hokies won three of their last four.

For the first time in ACC history, more than eight teams qualified for bowl eligibility. With NC State and Clemson both winning this weekend, that makes 10 bowl-eligible teams from the ACC fighting it out for nine guaranteed spots. The inaugural Eagle Bank Bowl is guaranteed one of those teams, and the Wolfpack would make sense there, but would also be a good fit for the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte. Clemson will be an attractive team to several bowls, and that will likely bump a few others like Maryland and perhaps even North Carolina down in the pecking order. It's also possible a 10th team can be picked up by another bowl looking to fill a spot like the Independence Bowl. I'll do a more extensive breakdown of the bowl scenarios tomorrow.

The gap between Florida State and Florida looms large, but the gap between Georgia Tech and Georgia was erased. To be fair, Florida is in a class all by itself, and could very well be the best team in the country. But coach Bobby Bowden wanted to know how much the Noles had closed the gap from last year's drubbing and now he has his answer -- they didn't. At Georgia Tech, though, Paul Johnson did something in his first season that hasn't been done in the previous seven. Not only did he beat a ranked rival from the SEC, but he did it on the road with an old-school offense and 26 points in the third quarter.

Boston College backup quarterback Dominique Davis is efficient enough to win the ACC title. Davis proved in his first start he is capable of managing the offense without turning the ball over. He completed 12 of 24 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns. He's not as mobile as Chris Crane, but he might be more accurate. Offensive coordinator Steve Logan did a good job of putting Davis in a position to succeed, and he was clearly more comfortable after having a week to prepare. As long as the staff doesn't ask him to do too much, they get another good running game out of freshman Montel Harris and the defense continues to dominate, Davis is capable of winning another game as their starter.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney legitimized himself as a candidate for the head job. Swinney did exactly what he was hired to do on an interim basis -- win and get the team bowl eligible. His 31-14 drubbing of rival South Carolina punctuated a turnaround few could have possibly imagined at midseason. According to the Columbia State, Swinney is expected to meet with athletic director Terry Don Phillips this afternoon, and a team meeting has been scheduled for 3 p.m.

Halftime update: BC 14, Maryland 7

November, 29, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- One thing is clear: Maryland hasn't given up since its loss to Florida State, even though the Terps are no longer playing for the Atlantic Division. It was a stalemate here in Alumni Stadium, where both defenses are making some critical stops, but the Eagles have the better defense and began to prove it late in the half. BC linebacker Mark Herzlich is as good as advertised.

With Ron Brace putting the pressure on quarterback Chris Turner, Herzlich got the first interception of the game. One play later, Dominique Davis threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Rich Gunnell, who was wide open. It took nine seconds to take the lead. This is how BC wins games, though, with its defense. That makes 24 interceptions this season for the Eagles, who lead the nation in that category.

Offensive coordinator Steve Logan is doing a nice job of mixing it up, as Montel Harris has received a few direct snaps, and the Eagles have been able to get some decent yardage out of both running and passing plays. Davis is doing an admirable job, and his offensive line is giving him time. Turner's is not, and it's been a difference in the game.

This is the second game I've seen Maryland have negative rushing yards (the other being at Virginia Tech). It's hard to win when you're one-dimensional and can't convert on third downs.

BC tailback Josh Haden is being evaluated for a right shoulder injury.

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