Friday, September 23, 2011
BC won't look past UMass
By Jack McCluskey
NEWTON, Mass. -- Whenever an FBS team plays an FCS team, it's tempting to bill it as David versus Goliath. The little guy trying to knock off the big, bad bully.
That's not exactly the case here.
Yes, Boston College is in the Football Bowl Subdivision and on Saturday (1 p.m. ET, ESPN3) hosts UMass, which is in the Football Championship Subdivision. Yes, BC has beaten UMass six straight times, including a hard-fought 24-14 win with Matt Ryan at quarterback in 2007, leads the all-time series 18-5 and hasn't lost to the Minutemen since 1978.
But these Eagles are 0-3 and are averaging a paltry 13 points a game while allowing an average of 24.7. And these Minutemen are 2-0, are averaging a robust 30 points a game and next year will begin FBS play in the MAC.
So while the Minutemen may be stepping up in weight class when they take the field at Alumni Stadium this weekend, they're nobody's punching bag. This is a team, currently No. 19 in the FCS coaches' poll, that played Michigan tough on the road last season before falling 42-37.
To continue the boxing analogy, the Minutemen have proved they can punch above their weight.