CHESTNUT HILL - Who ever thought that a Week 4 match-up against UMass would be considered a must-win game for the Boston College Eagles? Seriously, who did? I certainly wasn't of that thinking just a few weeks ago, but here we are with an 0-3 BC team that has looked lifeless for most of the season, and they must beat an FCS team to get their first win and get their season back on track. Oh, how three weekends have altered the course of a season.
Of course, in the long run, beating UMass means very little for Boston College. In fact, a win against the Minutemen would do nothing but boost the confidence of a fledgling Eagles team, which at this point, isn't the worst outcome.
However, a win for BC over UMass doesn't help their bowl bid chances, as it does not count towards the necessary 6-win mark because UMass is an FCS team. That will all change next year, though.
For that exact reason, this is the biggest game of the year for UMass. Since they aren't eligible to take part in the FCS postseason because of their scheduled move to the FBS level and the MAC next year, they would like nothing more than to send a message that they are a serious force to be reckoned with by beating an FBS team, even if they are a down and out bunch like Boston College.
Either way you look at it, this game should be a good one, and should be well attended.