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Boston College hockey up for challenge

Eagles ready to put No. 1 ranking to test as they defend national title

Updated: September 29, 2010, 9:32 PM ET
By Brion O'Connor | Special to ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Make no mistake, Boston College hockey coach Jerry York knows exactly the odds he's up against this season as his Eagles look to defend the national crown they won this past spring. Minnesota (2002-03) and Denver (2004-05) were each able to repeat earlier this decade, but an East Coast squad hasn't won back-to-back championships since Boston University did so in 1971 and 1972.

That hasn't discouraged the pundits, who pegged York's Eagles as the overwhelming preseason favorite in ...

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