Riveting Realities: Boston College at N.C. State

Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm ET

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Don’t you get tired of talking heads, print journalists, and anyone that just happened to have learned some HTML over a holiday weekend a few years ago (ahem, Ciaran) ramming their college football analysis down your throats on a weekly basis? Sure, we all do.

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone just compiled some allegedly intriguing facts about an upcoming match-up, and then let YOU decide what to make of them? Well, here’s an opportunity to find out — or just gather some tidbits to throw out for discussion at your Saturday morning tailgate — after the jump…

  • Boston College is 2-2 on the season. They have wins against FCS Weber State and Mid-American Conference member, Kent State.
  • The average margin of victory in Boston College’s two wins: 15.5
  • The average number of points allowed by The Eagles defense in its two wins: 16.5
  • Boston College beat visiting Weber State 38-20. Both teams forced three turnovers.
  • Boston College beat visiting Kent State 26-13. Kent State turned the ball over five times.
  • Frank Spaziani’s Eagles have played three games against FBS opponents this year (Kent State, Virginia Tech, and Notre Dame), and have been held to held under 100 yards rushing in each of them.
  • Frank Spaziani looks at least a little bit like Tom Selleck.  I don’t care what anyone says.

Boston College head coach, Frank Spaziani, looks a lot like Tom Selleck Tom Selleck: Frank Spaziani look-alike?

  • Boston College’s offense is averaging 13 points a game in its 3 games versus FBS opponents this year.
  • Boston College’s yards per carry in its three FBS games this year: 2.2, 2.5 and 0.2
  • Boston College rushed 40 times for 87 yards against Kent State and 28 times for 70 yards versus Virginia Tech.
  • The Eagles rushed 23 times for 5 yards against Notre Dame.
  • Prior to the Boston College game, Notre Dame had given up 102 rushing yards to Purdue, 288 to Michigan, 203 to Michigan State, and 166 to Stanford.
  • If you include Boston College’s performance against Weber State, the Eagles are averaging 2.8 yards per carry for the season.
  • N.C. State’s defense is allowing 4.5 yards per carry this year.
  • After holding its first three opponents under 100 rushing yards (Western Carolina, UCF, and Cincinnati), The Wolfpack defense has allowed 247 (5.1 yards per carry) and 317 (8.6 yards per carry) rushing yards to Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, respectively.
  • Coming off a bye, Boston College lost its 2010 ACC opener 19-0 to Virginia Tech.
  • The Hokies rushed for 106 yards on 40 carries and completed 16 of 21 passes for 237 yards against the Boston College defense.
  • The last time the Eagles were shutout was 1998. Against Virginia Tech. 17-0 was the final score. N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien was Boston College’s head coach at the time.
  • N.C. State also has an ACC loss to Virginia Tech – the Hokies beat the Wolfpack 41-30 in Raleigh last week.
  • The Hokes rushed for 317 yards on 37 carries and completed 12 of 24 passes for 123 yards against N.C. State’s defense.
  • Boston College’s defense is allowing 229.5 yards per game through the air this year (this includes the game against Weber State).
  • Tom O'Brien as head coach of Boston CollegeN.C. State has thrown for at least 333 yards in three of its four games against FBS opponents this year (Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech). UCF held the Wolfpack to just 105 yards passing in Orlando.
  • N.C. State’s defense is allowing 173 yards passing this year (this includes the games against Western Carolina and Georgia Tech).
  • Discounting Western Carolina and Georgia Tech, N.C. State’s defense is allowing 215 passing yards per game.
  • Including its game against FCS Weber State, Boston College is averaging 221.5 passing yards per game.
  • Boston College completed 12 of 23 passes against Weber State for 223 yards. The Eagles were intercepted twice.
  • Both N.C. State and Boston College forced 5 turnovers in their 2nd games of the year — against UCF and Kent State, respectively.
  • Boston College is +2 in turnover ratio for the year.
  • N.C. State is +3 in turnover ratio for the year.
  • Boston College is 4-1 against N.C. State since 1992. The Eagles lead the all time series 5-2.
  • The all time score in the Boston College – N.C. State series is 186-110, Eagles.
  • This weekend’s game will mark the 4th time Tom O’Brien will face his former school since taking the N.C. State job in 2007 .
  • In 2007, Boston College defeated N.C. State 37-17 in Chestnut Hill.
  • In 2008, Boston College defeated N.C. State 38-31 in Raleigh.
  • In 2009, Boston College defeated N.C. State 52-20 in Chestnut Hill.
  • The last time N.C. State beat Boston College was 2006 — Tom O’Brien’s last final year in Chestnut Hill prior to taking over in Raleigh. The final score was 17-15.
  • In 2005, Tom O’Brien’s Eagles beat the Wolfpack 30-10 in Chestnut Hill
  • The line on the game at the time of this “article’s” publishing is N.C. State -10. The total is Over/Under 47.
  • The Eagles’ trip to Raleigh will mark Boston College’s first road game of the 2010 season.
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