The Boston College Eagles will host the Kansas Jayhawks in non-conference action Friday night from Alumni Stadium. The Jayhawks enter this one 1-1. They tallied an uninspiring 24-17 win against Indians State of the FCS in their season opener. Last week was a huge disappointment for the Jayhawks as they posted a 12-7 home loss to Coastal Carolina in a game that had Kansas favored by seven points.
Boston College has enjoyed a strong start. They recorded a minor 35-28 upset win against Virginia Tech of the ACC in their home opener, and they improved to 2-0 with a 45-13 win over Richmond last week. The Eagles offense is a big threat led by Anthony Brown who features a 5:0 TD to INT ratio. Boston College is not ranked in the AP Top 25, although they did receive a few votes. There is no previous meeting between these two schools.
Jayhawks Stunned by Coastal Carolina
The Kansas Jayhawks face an uphill battle in this matchup, especially when considering their performance through their first two games. They barely defeated Indiana State in their season opener, and they are coming off an abysmal 12-7 loss to Coastal Carolina in their home opener. QB Carter Stanley struggled in the defeat, tossing two interceptions accompanied with only 107 passing yards after a solid performance in week one. The senior QB has accrued 348 passing yards with a 2:2 TD to INT ratio in two games.
Despite the poor performance, KU is staying with Stanley-for the moment.
“He was guilty of trying to make plays, okay, and it’s the right thing, and it’s absolutely the wrong thing,” head coach Les Miles said. “In this instance he made a couple mistakes. I think he’s a guy that’s accountable. I think he’ll step in and with opportunity play well. I’m not going to make a change at this time.”
“He can extend things with his feet and really should have done that a little bit more,” Miles continued. “He could have gone and got a couple first downs, and those are things that he’s very comfortable doing. It’s just awareness.”
An improving #KUfball D-Line 💪
— Kansas Football (@KU_Football) September 10, 2019
The Jayhawks running game is expected to be a strength led by the dynamic Pooka Williams Jr. and Khalil Herbert. Williams Jr. accumulated over 1100 rushing yards in 2018, and he rushed for 99 yards on 22 carries last week after sitting out in the season opener.
Andrew Parchment is looking good, registering a solid 135 receiving yards on 11 receptions. The Jayhawks are expected to improve on offense this season under first-year coach Miles, however, so far they have not lived up to expectations.
The Kansas defense is playing well. They held Coastal Carolina to only 291 total yards last week, and their pass defense has been a strength, while their rush defense is struggling. They have a difficult task against a well-rounded Boston College offense. The Jayhawks have only averaged 15.5 points in two contests while allowing an average of 14.5 points.
Boston College Posts Promising Start to Season
The Boston College Eagles are a team on the rise. The Eagles opened their season with a 35-28 upset home win over Virginia Tech in a game that had the Eagles labeled as 4.5 point underdogs. They did as expected and hammered Richmond of the FCS 45-13 last week. QB Anthony Brown connected on 57% of his passes against V.T. in week one and the junior QB has collected 438 passing yards with a perfect 5:0 TD to INT ratio in two games.
Eagles’ #1 RB AJ Dillon could have a huge impact on this game. The junior RB is experienced, and he has put up big numbers in two straight seasons, rushing for 1589 yards in 2017 and 1108 yards last year. Dillon has 167 rushing yards in two games this season. Another player to watch for is Kobay White. The junior WR tallied 526 receiving yards last year, and he has displayed good chemistry with QB Anthony Brown. White has made four grabs for 88 yards in two games. The Boston College offense was a strength last year, and they return their QB, top RB, and #1 receiver which should translate to solid production in ACC play.
“I very much respect him and the way that he coaches and what he brings to the table. He’ll have a team that will continue to develop and be tough and get better and be a very competitive team.
-Eagles HC Steve Addazio on KU head coach Les Miles.
— BC Football 🏈 (@BCFootball) September 8, 2019
The Eagles defense was also solid last season, although they experienced plenty of roster turnover, especially on the defensive line. They were able to hold down Virginia Tech in week one which bodes well heading into this one as Kansas isn’t exactly an offensive powerhouse.
Boston College is averaging 40 points in their first two games. The Eagles have allowed an average of 20.5 points.
The Kansas Jayhawks are:
- 10-21 ATS in their last 31 games against a team with a winning record.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after recording less than 170 passing yards in their previous game.
- 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
The Boston College Eagles are:
- 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
- 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games following a straight-up win.
- 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight-up win of more than 20 points.