Eagles Hope To Hold Serve At Home

October 31, 2009 - 10:39 am
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CHESTNUT HILL -- It is unseasonably warm in Boston today with temperatures near 70 degrees and a strong breeze out of the southwest gusting up to 18 miles-per-hour. Perhaps a little other-worldly for Halloween and the eve of November in New England. But it is perfect for football. This is an important game for the Boston College. The two main objectives are clear: stay undefeated at Alumni Stadium and take advantage of an out-of-conference opponent to drive up the win total and become bowl eligible.  The Eagles are 5-0 at home this year and average 39 points a game while giving up an 14.4. They average 413.4 yards of total offense while giving up 322.2 while holding opponents to eight touchdowns and at their friendly confines. The keys for Boston College are simple. On offense -- control the line of scrimmage against the Chippewas so to set up the play-action between Dave Shinskie and Montel Harris and look deep to Colin Larmond, Jr. and Rich Gunnell. Centreal Michigan is second in the MAC with 113.8 rush yards allowed per game but its defensive line is undersized compared to the Eagles, giving up a little more than 40 pounds on average (264 to 305 pounds).  The defense hopes to contain superstar in the making, Dan Lefevour. The stud quarterback contributes heavily to Central Michigan's second ranked MAC run offense (178.6 yards per game) with 65.2 yards yards per game, good for ninth in the conference. He also averages 221.1 yards per game through the air so the Eagles hope to limit one player who contributes about 286 yards of total offense by himself, or 71-percent of the Chippewas total output. Notes- It looks like senior co-captain middle linebacker Mike McLaughlin will be scratched today with a leg injury. He has been replaced on the depth chart by Mike Morrissey but look for Will Thompson to get a significant amount of action as he continues his comeback from a strained nerve. -Update on freshman running back Rolandan Finch. Boston College's media relations has confirmed that Finch has mononucleosis and will likely miss at least the next month, which is more of less the rest of the regular season. The Eagles hoped that Finch could pick up some of the slack with Josh Haden transferring out of the school. Senior Jeff Smith has replaced Finch and Haden behind Harris on the depth chart and look for the Eagles to scrap their Wildcat (the Bazooka) formations for the time being in favor of power formations with Lars Anderson and James McCluskey as lead backs. Kickoff is in little less than an hour. Stay tuned to The BC Blog throughout the game for updates throughout.

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