FAM & Furious Thursday Night Football
Boston College Eagles @ Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Boston College Eagles (2-0, 0-0 ACC) @ Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-0, 0-0 ACC)
5:30 PM ET
Both the Eagles and Demon Deacons start 2018 at 2-0, with BC dominating two lesser opponents and Wake surviving at Tulane versus an upstart Green Wave team that was intent on running the football. This week the Eagles will also be set on pounding the snooch, notably with superstar sophomore runner A.J. Dillon, a 250-pound sledge hammer who paces the Eagles thus far with 274 yards from scrimmage and four scores. Wake Forest’s attacking front seven will be called on to out-quick a behemoth laden BC line and bring down the imposing Dillon. Willie Yarbury (6-2 285) leads the interior charge, with Justin Strnad providing a nice attacking presence from the second level, both are tasked with wrapping up the powerful sophomore at initial contact within the box. If he gets into open field he’s capable of damage against defensive backs woefully out-manned by his size. Also in the front seven, the undersized albeit lightning fast Chris Calhoun 6-4 245 needs to again stand out as he did versus Tulane, and yet also stay at home versus the patient Dillon. Otherwise he’ll be sucked into the wash on the line-of-scrimmage, allowing that single cutback the Eagle back makes so efficiently when he spots a lane.
On the other side of the football, the pass-heavy Deacs might be inhibited by the effects of Hurricane Florence, which pushed this game up from it’s later slot. Their spread offense is driven by a dual-threat freshman in Sam Hartman, whose speed and ability to pull the trigger quickly won him the job. Wake Forest has fared well in big games with young quarterbacks making names for themselves while making plays, however this particular young QB has made a few mistakes thus far [three picks and one lost fumble]. He touts an excellent, efficient slot man in Greg Dortch, however getting the ball in his elusive hands could prove problematic given the weather. Another problem for Wake Forest’s quarterback will be the players coming at him, notably the human natural disaster that is Zach Allen, and tackling machine Connor Strachan. Third Team All-ACC tackle Justin Herron will be responsible for blocking Allen, and it should be a great match-up, but frankly we wish Herron luck… The Deacon line is laden with some seasoned performers , again though, the scheme might struggle versus the inclement conditions and dominant opposition.
Our first instinct is to think shootout, with Dillon having himself a good ol’ day in the rain and the home team breaking big plays as Dortch and company get in space and put defensive players on their heels. However the front seven of BC is pretty terrifying [not Clemson terrifying, but still], and we think they disrupt the timing necessary with a spread offense, especially with the slick surface. If the weather plays along, Dortch could have a breakout [nationally] game, but we’ll say 26-20 Eagles.