Maryland Opponent Preview: Boston College
By Matt Zenitz
When: Nov. 10, 2007
Time: 8 p.m.
Radio: Terrapins Radio Network
Boston College's national championship hopes were dashed last week as the Florida State Seminoles handed the Eagles (8-1) their first loss of the season. Regardless, Boston College remains the favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference and earn a BCS bowl berth. Quarterback Matt Ryan leads the ACC with 316 passing yards a game. Red-shirt junior Brandon Robinson has become Ryan's No. 1 target and leads the team with 42 catches, 651 yards and five touchdowns. Although Boston College throws more than 60 percent of the time, the Eagles have a pair of capable runners in Andre Callender and L.V. Whitworth.
While the offense has received most of the attention, the defense has been an underrated part of Boston College's success this year. Senior middle linebacker Jolonn Dunbar and senior safety Jamie Silva have spearheaded a defense that has allowed an NCAA-best 58 yards a game on the ground. Boston College has given up an ACC-worst 273 yards a game through the air but has 18 interceptions as a team.
Player to watch: QB Matt Ryan
A Heisman hopeful, Ryan has carried Boston College this season to the tune of 2,848 passing yards and 21 touchdowns. He has an NFL arm and can make all the throws but sometimes is overconfident in his arm and will force throws into coverage, evident in his 11 interceptions.
Head coach Jeff Jagodzinski, offensive coordinator Steve Logan, defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani
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