What to know about the 2019 Boston College football season

"We're probably the most athletic that we've been. We have great team speed."

Running back AJ Dillon of the Boston College Eagles carries the ball against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the first half at Lane Stadium in November.
Running back AJ Dillon of the Boston College Eagles carries the ball against the Virginia Tech Hokies in the first half at Lane Stadium in November. –Michael Shroyer / Getty Images

For the fifth time in six seasons, the Boston College Eagles ended their year with seven wins, going 7-5. The last time Boston College surpassed seven wins was in 2009, under head coach Frank Spaziani, when it finished the season 8-5.

The Eagles lost some major contributors from last year’s team, including sack leader Wyatt Ray, defensive anchor Zach Allen, and starting safety Will Harris. On the offensive side of the ball, Boston College lost two-time All-ACC guard Chris Lindstrom and starting tight end Tommy Sweeney.

These losses don’t diminish the excitement of Eagles head coach Steve Addazio, who gushed during Boston College Media Day about the potential of the current roster.

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“We’re returning some very talented players on both sides of the ball,” Addazio said. “We’re probably the most athletic that we’ve been. We have great team speed. We have outstanding athletic ability and top end. Some areas have more experience than others, but I think we’ve recruited very, very well, and I’m very excited about the guys that will appear to be some new names and new faces that our fans have not seen.”

With some key contributors gone, USA Today predicted that Boston College will finish ninth in the ACC with a 7-5 record.

“Here’s what you’ll get: Boston College will run the ball with AJ Dillon, play extremely physical at the point of attack and take games into the fourth quarter but likely top out at seven or eight wins,” predicted Paul Myerberg of USA Today.

Addazio has higher hopes for his Eagles, saying that his goals for this season are to get bowl eligible and to “have an opportunity to compete for a championship.”

2019 season schedule: 

Saturday, Aug. 31: Virginia Tech vs. Boston College, 4 p.m. EST

Saturday, Sept. 7 : Richmond vs. Boston College, 3:30 p.m. EST

Friday, Sept. 13: Kansas vs. Boston College, 7:30 p.m. EST

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Saturday, Sept. 21: Boston College at Rutgers, TBA

Saturday, Sept. 28: Wake Forest vs. Boston College, TBA

Saturday, Oct. 5: Boston College at Louisville, TBA

Saturday, Oct. 19: North Carolina State vs. Boston College, TBA

Saturday, Oct. 26: Boston College at Clemson, TBA

Saturday, Nov. 2: Boston College at Syracuse, TBA

Saturday, Nov. 9: Florida State vs. Boston College, TBA

Saturday, Nov. 23: Boston College at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m. EST

Saturday, Nov. 30: Boston College at Pittsburgh, TBA

Players to watch

RB: AJ Dillon, junior

The junior running back from New London, Connecticut, has received national praise leading up to the season. Following a 1,108-rushing-yard season, Dillon was voted third on the ACC preseason Player of the Year poll. He was also named a CBS preseason 2nd team All-American.  

OT: Ben Petrula, junior 

Voted a member of the preseason all-ACC team, the junior tackle was only one of two players to represent the Eagles on the team along with Dillon. Petrula started every game last season and was earned all-ACC honorable mention honors. 

DL: Tanner Karafa, redshirt senior

Boston College lost two of its defensive line starters this offseason with Zach Allen and Wyatt Ray graduating last spring. Karafa is one of the lone members of last year’s defensive line returning for the 2019 season. He finished last season with 47 total tackles along with four sacks. 

LB: Max Richardson, junior

A junior linebacker from Duluth, Georgia, Richardson finished third on the team last season with 76 total tackles, including nine for a loss and 2.5 sacks. 

QB: Anthony Brown, redshirt junior

Brown had an up-an-down season in 2018. He threw 20 touchdowns, sixth among ACC quarterbacks, and only nine interceptions to go along with 2,121 yards passing. Brown also only completed 55.6 percent of his passes, 10th among ACC quarterbacks with a minimum of 14 pass attempts per game, only ahead of Louisville’s Jawon Pass. 

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WR: Kobay White, redshirt junior

White was the Eagles’ leading receiver in both receptions and yards, grabbing 33 catches for 526 yards. While it was a strong season, White was only 27th in the ACC in receiving yards and 31st in catches. He’ll will be looking to make a jump in his junior year. 

Biggest games: 

Virginia Tech, Alumni Stadium, Saturday, Aug. 31, 4 p.m: 

The season opener for Boston College will be against ACC rival Virginia Tech. While Virginia Tech leads the all-time series between the two, 18-9, it’s been much more competitive in recent years, with the head-to-head standing at 3-3 since 2013. Virginia Tech is also one of the tougher opponents Boston College will face this year, with the Hokies being ranked 21st in the NCAA’s preseason top 25. 

Clemson, Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 26, TBA: 

Boston College has struggled against the powerhouse Clemson Tigers since joining the ACC in 2005. Since 2008, Boston College has won just one of the 11 games played between the two schools, with Clemson currently on an eight-game win streak. A victory over Clemson on the road would be a landmark win for the program, and it would go a long way in getting the Eagles over the seven-win hump.

Florida State, Alumni Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 9, TBA:

The Eagles’ final home game of the 2019 season comes against the Florida State Seminoles. Looking to come back from a down year, Florida State heads into 2019 with a lot to prove. Coming off a 5-7 season, the Seminoles’ lowest win total since 1976, Florida State and second-year coach Willie Taggart are hoping to bounce back and compete for an ACC championship. 

Notre Dame, Notre Dame Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2:30 p.m: 

Nicknamed “the Holy War,” Notre Dame and Boston College have had a strong rivalry dating all the way back to 1975. In recent years, this rivalry has been rather one-sided, as Boston College hasn’t beaten the Fighting Irish since 2008. Meanwhile, Notre Dame has beaten Boston College six times since 2008, including one win in 2012 which was later vacated by the NCAA. The Eagles will head to South Bend hoping to win the matchup for the first time this decade.

Attending games:

Stadium:

Boston College plays in Alumni Stadium, which is located on the school’s campus in Chestnut Hill.

A general view of a Boston College and Northern Illinois Huskies game. —(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Address: 

2604 Beacon St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Parking: 

Most campus parking is reserved for season ticket holders and donors to the Boston College Flynn Fund. If you aren’t a donor or season ticket holder but want to park on campus, there are a limited number of single-game parking passes for on-campus parking. Single-game parking passes cost $40 and must be bought at least two hours before kickoff and printed out at home. 

If you’re looking to save some money, you can park for free at one of the two satellite parking lots and take the complimentary shuttle to the stadium. Additional details about parking as well as parking lot locations can be found here

Public transportation: 

Alumni Stadium is accessible via the MBTA’s green line. The easiest way to get there is by taking the B train on the green line to the Boston College stop, and from there it’s less than a five-minute walk to the stadium. You can also take the C and D lines to Cleveland Circle and Chestnut Hill respectively and still be within walking distance of the stadium. 

Ticket prices: 

Ticket prices for Eagles home games range from $40-65 depending on the chosen section. You can find information about tickets to individual games here. 

How to watch or listen to Eagles’ games:

The first three games of the season will air on the ACC Network, while the rest of the season’s games have yet to be announced. 

All games will be on the radio via BC Learfield IMG Sports Network and WEEI 850 AM or 97.3 FM.