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Report from Chestnut Hill: 3 Questions on Boston College

The University at Buffalo plays its annual Power-Five game at 1 p.m. Saturday when it visits Boston College. The Eagles are a 17.5-point favorite.

Boston College stands sixth in the nation in yards allowed. It stands 120th in yards gained.

Here are three questions on B.C. with Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald. His B.C. reporting can be found at

1. What schematically makes the B.C. defense so effective and who are the three best defenders UB should worry about?

Jim Reid has stayed true to Don Brown's (Michigan) blueprint, which was a smart move on his part. B.C. plays an aggressive but risky attack defense that is predicated on edge pressure and big inside tackles to stop the run. Linebacker Mike Milano and defensive end Harold Landry have thrived in this system. But the best player on defense is middle linebacker Connor Strachan.

2. How has new QB Patrick Towles looked? What do you see as his strengths and weaknesses so far?

Patrick Towles is a smart quarterback with a good accurate arm better suited for short and intermediate range passes. He can be guilty of happy feet when he feels he pressure but his is a very effective scrambler and down field runner. If the B.C. receivers were further along in their development his numbers would be better.

3. One of UB's challenges is Western New York is not a hotbed of high school football in terms of FBS recruits. Do you see BC being at a disadvantage compared with its ACC foes in that same regard? What is B.C.'s long-term path to being competitive with the likes of Florida State, Clemson, Louisville, Miami and UNC in the ACC?

B.C. primarily mines the Catholic powerhouse school of the Northeast (Don Bosco) and the Midwest (Xavier of Cincinnati). Coach Steve Addazio tries to keep any talented local kids (Connor Strachan) in state. B.C.'s admission standards make recruiting more difficult, but they graduate more than 90 percent of their players.

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