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  • By Steven Lassan, 4 months 1 day ago

    A new trend has popped up in recent years for college football teams, as some have scheduled games in baseball stadiums. Illinois-Northwestern played at Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium in New York hosts the Pinstripe Bowl.

    Boston College and Notre Dame will continue this recent trend, scheduling a game for Fenway Park in 2015.

    This will be the first football game in Fenway Park since 1968. Needless to say, this is a pretty awesome setting for a football game.
     

  • By Steven Lassan, 4 months 4 weeks ago

    Boston College running back Andre Williams continued his stellar 2013 season with 263 yards and two touchdowns on 32 attempts against Maryland.

    The senior made a key run in the fourth quarter to put the Eagles in position to kick the game-winning field goal. However, his play of the day might have been a mean stiff arm that clobbered Maryland defensive back Will Likely:
     

  • By David Fox, 5 months 4 days ago

    Not long ago, Boston College has one of the most consistent programs in the country. The Eagles reached 12 consecutive bowl games from 1999-2010, including a streak of eight consecutive wins.

    Thanks to Andre Williams, those streaks have a chance to start anew.

    Williams entered the week perhaps as one of the most underrated running backs in the country. After rushing for an ACC-record 339 yards in a 38-21 win over NC State, Williams will be overlooked no more.

    In one day, Williams made Boston College bowl eligible for the first time in three seasons, set the ACC single-season rushing record and earned Athlon Sports National Player of the Week honors.

    Williams leads the nation in total rushing yards (1,810) by nearly 400 yards and yards per game (181) by more than 30 yards per game.

    “He's certainly, without a doubt, one of the more dominant players in college football,” Boston College coach Steve Addazio said. “He's an unselfish guy who realizes that he has a great offensive line in front of him and he realizes that this is a team game.”

    Athlon Sports Week 12 National Awards

    National Offensive Player of the Week: Andre Williams, Boston College
    Boston College continued its impressive first season under new coach Steve Addazio, as the Eagles defeated NC State to 38-21 to improve to 6-4 overall. Williams has carried the offense this season, and the senior gashed the Wolfpack defense for 339 yards and two touchdowns. The 339 yards were an ACC single-game record. Williams has 634 yards in his last two games and has rushed for at least 166 in each of his last four contests. Even though Williams is considered a power back, he has at least one run of 56 yards or longer in each of his last four games. The senior has 1,810 yards in 2013, which is a Boston College single-season record. With three games left, Williams has a chance to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark.

    National Defensive Player of the Week: K.J. Morton, Baylor
    Last week, Baylor’s run defense was the key to the victory over Oklahoma. Against Texas Tech, a defensive back was the key defender. The dreadlocked Morton finished with the wild stat line of nine tackles, three tackles for a loss, a forced fumble, a sack and an interception. His athletic, leaping pick of Baker Mayfield on a corner blitz was one of the highlights of the game and a key turning point.

    National Freshman of the Week: Myles Jack, UCLA
    USC's Dion Bailey made the defensive play of the weekend with his late red zone interception of Kevin Hogan, but the legend of Myles Jack is growing in Westwood after another two-way performance in a critical home win over Washington. The freshman linebacker collected five tackles and a pass broken up on defense to go with 13 rushing attempts, 59 yards rushing and four offensive touchdowns. He has 179 yards rushing and five scores in two games as a two-way player. This is the team's No. 2 tackler we are talking here. He has vaulted himself to the top of the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year conversation with his last two games and has a chance for another signature moment against Arizona State with the division title on the line next weekend.

    National Coordinator of the Week: Glenn Spencer, Oklahoma State

    The moving parts on Oklahoma State’s offense have been the key storyline for the Cowboys’ season, but the one constant has been the defense and its ability to force turnovers. Against Texas, Oklahoma State extended its streak of 18 consecutive games with a takeaway. The Cowboys’ three interceptions led Oklahoma State in the 38-13 win over Texas that kept the Pokes in Big 12 contention. Star cornerback Justin Gilbert was the star for Spencer’s D Saturday with two interceptions, including a 48-yard pick six.

    Athlon Sports Week 12 Conference Awards

    ACC
    Offense: Andre Williams, Boston College
    Defense: Kareem Martin, North Carolina
    Freshman: Ryan Switzer, North Carolina
    Coordinator: Kurt Roper, Duke

    Big 12
    Offense: James Sims, Kansas
    Defense: K.J. Morton, Baylor
    Freshman: Shock Linwood, Baylor
    Coordinator: Glenn Spencer, Oklahoma State

    Big Ten
    Offense: Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
    Defense: Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
    Freshman: Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
    Coordinator: Dave Aranda, Wisconsin

    Pac-12
    Offense: Connor Halliday, Washington State
    Defense: Myles Jack, UCLA
    Freshman: Myles Jack, UCLA

    SEC
    Offense: Aaron Murray, Georgia
    Defense: C.J. Mosley, Alabama
    Freshman: Kelvin Taylor, Florida
    Coordinator: Bob Shoop, Vanderbilt

  • By Steven Lassan, 7 months 3 weeks ago

    Villanova emptied the playbook on Saturday, as it attempted to pull off an FCS over FBCS upset. The Wildcats were unsuccessful, but they gave Boston College a good fight.

    But the best part of Saturday’s game was Villanova’s fake punt early in the first quarter. The Wildcats not only fooled the defense but also faked out the camera crew.

    Check out Villanova’s perfectly executed fake punt:

     

  • By Steven Lassan, 9 months 6 days ago

    The ACC has only two top-25 teams in Athlon’s projected final 125 rankings, but the conference should make a run at having 10 teams make a postseason appearance.

    It’s not the biggest indicator when predicting success, but returning starters are an interesting trend to look at before the season starts.

    And it’s interesting to note that four teams in the Coastal Division have 13 returning starters, while Georgia Tech – the division’s ACC title representative last year – has a conference-best 16 starters back for 2013.

     

    TeamOffenseDefenseOverall
    Atlantic Division   
    Boston College7815
    Clemson6713
    Florida State6410
    Maryland549
    NC State448
    Syracuse6612
    Wake Forest7815
        
    Coastal Division   
    Duke6511
    Georgia Tech8816
    Miami8412
    North Carolina6713
    Pittsburgh5813
    Virginia6713
    Virginia Tech4913

     

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