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Is it time for Eagles fans to panic? Not quite yet. Yes, Boston College lost at Clemson on Tuesday. Yes, Steve Donahue's team is 1-4 against the RPI top 50. Yes, the Eagles have a host of bad losses, including a home defeat to a sub-150 RPI team (Yale) that might haunt BC all the way until March. But the Eagles would have to put together a few more stinkers -- or at least look ugly in Saturday's home game with Maryland -- before we pull the glass casing off the panic button.
The Eagles, losers of five of their past seven games, could continue their free fall with tough matchups against Maryland, UNC and Virginia Tech. Someone was going to get chewed up as the ACC headed down the stretch, and maybe BC's 32-point loss to North Carolina 10 days ago was proof that Eagles, solid RPI aside, just aren't up to snuff.