Boston College's football team started the season on the wrong foot, dropping a high-scoring affair to the ACC rival Miami Hurricanes last Saturday. Now, the Eagles have a chance (and a very good one at that) to even their record against an inferior opponent in the Maine Black Bears, an FCS team, this Saturday at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, MA.
Boston College and Maine have met six times in history, with the all-time series tied, 3-3. The series began way back in 1913, and the two schools met yearly from that season until the 1915 campaign. After that, the two programs did battle in 1929, 1967 and 2006. Maine won the first three games, but Boston College won the next three in convincing fashion, outscoring the Black Bears 120-0 in those three contests. In the most recent meeting, the Eagles posted a 22-0 victory, led by start quarterback Matt Ryan, on Sept. 30, 2006.
BC (0-1, 0-1 ACC) had two encouraging drives to start the 2012 season, both of which ended in touchdowns, but gave up the lead and would scrap and battle with the Hurricanes before ultimate losing, 41-32. Chase Rettig led the Eagles' offensive attack, which garnered 537 total yards of offense. Rettig threw for 441 yards and two touchdowns while junior wide receiver Alex Amidon racked up 149 receiving yards. Andre Williams and Tahj Kimble combined for 94 rushing yards.
Maine will be opening its season on Saturday, and it will be trying to build upon a very successful season in 2011. The Black Bears went 9-4 and reached the FCS national quarterfinals before being eliminated. Maine was projected to finish sixth in the Collegiate Athletic Association preseason poll and five Black Bears players were named to the 2012 All-CAA preseason team.
Kick off is at 1:00 p.m. ET. The game can be seen/heard on ESPN3 and WEEI.