After nine games they rested.
Boston College entered its bye week at 5-4 and 3-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference following Friday night’s 35-3 victory over perennial Atlantic Division power Florida State.
The win was the Eagles third straight in the ACC and snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Seminoles dating back to 2009.
“Sometimes you go into these bye weeks and you don’t have a positive feeling and that can grind on you a little bit,” said BC coach Steve Addazio. “But I think it is a positive feeling and that’s a good thing. So we’re going to take it for what it is. Hopefully we can come back and keep our rhythm going and we’ll see.”
The Eagles’ season appeared doomed following a 23-10 home loss to Virginia Tech on Oct. 7 that left them 2-4 and 0-3. The stretch included a 49-20 trouncing by Notre Dame.
BC regrouped and outlasted Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinals 45-42 on Oct. 14 at Papa John’s Stadium, and followed with a convincing 41-10 win at Virginia, which at the time was 5-1 and unbeaten in the Coastal Division.
The Eagles are playing their best football of the season but Addazio welcomed the break, as BC just cleared the toughest stretch on the schedule and has been going nonstop since training camp.
“I think the bye week comes at a really good time,” said Addazio. “I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you it’s hard to walk away from the rhythm we are in right now (and) sometimes there is something to that. But we needed the bye week. Our kids need to be able to really have an extra dose of attention to their academics and have some free time now to catch back up so to speak and to rest their bodies.”
BC also needs the down time to clear up some lingering injuries to key personnel. Preseason All-American defensive end Harold Landry, who led the nation with 16.5 sacks last season, missed the FSU game with an ongoing ankle injury. Starting quarterback Anthony Brown aggravated an existing right shoulder issue.
The Eagles next encounter North Carolina State, ranked 14th before yesterday’s 35-14 loss to Notre Dame, on Nov. 11, and it doesn’t look as daunting as it did a month ago. The Wolfpack host Clemson before coming to Chestnut Hill.
“They have a veteran team right now and they are playing at a high level,” Addazio said of the Wolfpack. “But they have got a couple of wars before they get to us.”
The Eagles’ once dismal bowl prospects were enhanced by the win over FSU. BC plays a very winnable road game against UConn at Fenway Park on Nov. 18 and close out the campaign at Syracuse.
If BC finishes 6-6 it could return to the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit or the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. If the Eagles get to 7-5 they would upgrade to either the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium or the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md. If BC runs the table to 8-4 it could get invited to the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.