Look away if you’re in any way, shape or form a fan of defense.
Syracuse (3-5) came into this afternoon’s home date with Boston College (4-4) in the middle of the pack in rushing defense, giving up an average of 160 yards per game. Through two quarters of play at the
Carrier Dome, that average is headed much further south as the Orange has allowed the Eagles to put up 336 yards rushing in the first half alone.
The Eagles already have a pair of 100-yard rushers — AJ Dillon (146) and David Bailey (133). As a team, they’re averaging 9.3 yards on their 36 carries.
BC isn’t just getting it done on the ground, though, as they have a pair of 50-yard-plus touchdown passes in the same game for the first time in more than a decade.
All told, the Eagles have put up 477 yards of offense; they came into Week 10 averaging 545.8 yards per game while the Orange had given up 427.4 ypg.
As for the score? BC headed into the halftime locker room up 44-20 after putting up 34 second-quarter points.
I’m no run-game expert, but I don’t think this is exactly optimal.
Andrew Clair, who began the season as Bowling Green’s starting running back, missed his third straight game in the Week 8 loss to Central Michigan and could very well miss a fourth this weekend. During that same loss, Davon Jones, a graduate transfer from Boston College, went down with a serious leg injury.
With a road trip to Western Michigan on tap for this weekend, Jones is definitely sidelined while Clair is expected to be standing alongside him.
Given that, Bryson Denley will likely be the Falcons’ only healthy and available scholarship running back for the matchup with the Broncos. A true freshman walk-on, Trevon Raymore, is expected to serve as Denley’s primary backup.
Denley currently is third on the Falcons with 248 yards on the ground, behind Jones’ 334 and quarterback Grant Loy‘s 291. Raymore has rushed for minus-one yard on a pair of carries.
It appears Xavier Thomas‘ absence will be a brief one.
This past Wednesday, Dabo Swinney revealed that Thomas “got banged up at practice” earlier in the week. As a result, the defensive end was placed in concussion protocol and ultimately ruled out of what turned into Clemson’s win over Louisville.
Monday, defensive coordinator Brent Venables stated that he “think[s] he probably will” be available for Saturday’s game against Boston College, “but we’ll see.”
In six games this season (four starts), Thomas, a preseason All-American, is tied for the team lead in quarterback hits with six. He’s also second in tackles for loss with 4½.
A five-star 2018 signee, Thomas was the No. 3 player at any position on 247Sports.com‘s composite board, behind only a pair of quarterbacks — teammate Trevor Lawrence and Georgia’s Justin Fields, who ultimately transferred to Ohio State.
Interestingly, the layer who replaced Thomas, Justin Foster, was named the ACC’s Defensive Lineman of the Week after posting a pair of sacks in the win over the Cardinals.
The Texas Longhorns won’t be the only school wearing a throwback style this weekend. Add Texas Tech and Rutgers to the mix of teams adopting a look that pays tribute to a certain era in program history.
Rutgers, the birthplace of college football, will be doing neer before seen in the modern era of college football. The Scarlet Knights will wear long-sleeve jerseys. The long sleeves mimic the style of uniform worn by the earliest college football players, although these uniforms will be made of a much more athletic material compared to the gear worn by those in 1869. The red long sleeve jerseys will be topped by a white helmet with a classic “R” logo. From head to toe, it is quite a unique look for the Scarlet Knights.
Texas Tech won’t be wearing long sleeves, but they will be wearing a look similar to the one worn during the bicentennial. The retro uniforms to be worn by Texas Tech this weekend take a page from the 1976 Red Raiders with a white helmet and red double-T logo, complete with red stars. Texas Tech claimed a Southwest Conference title in 1976, so the design choice is appropriate for the Red Raiders.
Not to be forgotten, Boston College has been teasing its own throwback look for this weekend too. I’m just guessing it will be one Doug Flutie would appreciate.
Teams suiting up in uniforms designed to pay tribute to a previous generation of program history has been a thing for a while now, but it is great to see so many schools getting in on the fun in the 150th anniversary season of college football. Every team should make it happen.
But wait, there’s more! Boise State is going to wear a uniform similar to the one they wore during their Fiesta Bowl victory over Arizona in 2014.
C’mon Boise State. If you’re going to do a Fiesta Bowl throwback look, it is required by law that it must be the uniform worn in the win against Oklahoma.
Anthony Brown had his redshirt freshman season cut short due to a knee injury, battled back to start all 12 games in 2018 and BC’s first six contests this fall, until yet another knee injury knocked him out for another season.
Boston College head coach Steve Addazio revealed Monday that Brown will miss the remainder of the season with what the school is calling a “lower leg injury.” Brown made a cut avoiding a tackle during BC’s Oct. 5 game against Louisville and immediately clutched his left knee. Boston College lost the game, 41-39, though Brown began the contest 6-of-7 for 193 yards and a touchdown.
“We’re very, very sad for Anthony. He worked hard to get himself where he was. He’s seventh all-time in passing in BC history and heading towards greater things this year. He’s had a great career and he’s prepared and practiced and put so much into it. We’re so proud of him,” Addazio said.
The fourth-year junior from Cliffwood, N.J., finishes his season 81-of-137 for 1,250 yards with nine touchdowns against two interceptions while rushing for 128 yards and two scores.
“It’s a tough deal, but he’s a tough guy and he’ll bounce back,” Addazio said. “We’re gonna love him and support him and get him back to where he was, but his season has come to an end.”
Brown can return as a fifth-year senior in 2020, with two year-ending knee injuries under his belt, literally and figuratively.