BC looking for a FB game for 2013

Brad Bates didn’t put out an official “game needed” posting, but the new Director of Athletics at Boston College came close.

With the last-minute decision by the Atlantic Coast Conference to change the 2013 configuration of league games from 9 to 8, BC–and Bates–needed another non-conference game.

“The problem,” said Bates, “is that we already have a FCS team (Stony Brook) on our schedule, so we don’t want to schedule another one (FBS teams such as Boston College can count only one victory against a FCS team  as part of the six-win bowl eligibility minimum requirement). And there are only 124 FBS teams and most of them are already full for next year.”

Bates said that he considered adding another game against UMass, which will start a three-game (2 at  Alumni Stadium, 1 in Foxborough) in a few years, but the Minutemen’s non-conference schedule for 2013 was already filled. He checked Connecticut, but the Huskies schedule for next year is also  filled.

“We have several options and we should get it done in the next two weeks,” said Bates, who would not be more specific about what direction BC might be heading.

With that in mind, we checked out all of the FBS conferences and the independents and came up with a list of 12 schools that still have openings for non-conference games in 2013.

They are: BYU, Central Michigan, Marshall, Memphis, Rice, Southern Mississippi, Tulane, UTEP,Cal, Arizona, Oregon State and Florida International.

Keeping in mind that BC has a non-conference road game scheduled next year at USC, and that Bates does not want to over schedule the  Eagles.

Bates came from a Mid-American school Miami, Ohio), which means Central Michigan looms as possibility.

If Bates wanted to go for a combination of academics and athletics  similar to BC’s profile, he might consider California or Rice, although having two Pac-12 schools on the schedule might not be ideal.  If that were the case, Cal, and also Oregon State and Arizona would be eliminated.

BC could go more national in scope and schedule BYU.  It could go south to  Florida International would enhance BC’s recruiting opportunities in Florida, where the Eagles have gone in the past.

Bates primary goal is not only find a game, but to find a game the Eagles can win.

© 2012, Mark. All rights reserved.

  21 comments for “BC looking for a FB game for 2013

  1. FBE
    November 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm


    BC has not reached out to UCONN at all about scheduling UCONN. I wish you would stop lying to create hits on your blog. It’s unethical. I have to assume any “contacts” you would have at BC are either gone or not in the know.

    • Mark
      November 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      I guess Brad Bates is not in the know. But you are, which should make everyone feel good. And once again, if you actually READ what is written instead of going off on an anti-UConn tirade, you would see that I wrote that they will talk sometime in the future. I said WILL BE DISCUSSED. And I said Bates Checked, not checked with UConn. There is difference of course, not that you would see that. Bates will also talk with other schools in the area, including UMass. Keep assuming things though. You do that very well.

      • Ignatius
        November 8, 2012 at 4:46 pm

        Maybe you should have written “checked UConn/s schedule” instead of “Checked UConn”?

        And the two AD’s can talk all the want. But the BC AD better check with Fr Leahy before he puts UConn on the schedule.

        • Mark
          November 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm

          BC did both.

  2. Dennis
    November 5, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Mark- unless it has been filled you missed one other FBS school with an open date in 2013…and a team that is beatable….Minnesota. The Golden Gophers need a 4th non Big 10 opponent and BC needs a team. They could set up a home/home with the Eagles and Gophers playing in 2013 and have the return date being in 2017 when BC currently only has Richmond as a non ACC opponent on the schedule. They may be adding ND under the new ACC arrangemnt but thta still gives them 2 games to fill ( I think adding UConn as the 4th game makes greta sense, but I digress). That way you could set it up like they do with ND, play the game in October and have the hockey teams play the friday night before the football game. There is a long history of BC-Minn in hockey but not in football, Why not start it? It is a Big 10 school that is hardly a world beater in football and BC would have a shot agianst them. Plus, they sell beer at UM’s stadium 😉

    I think it would be a good take. That way next year you would have as your non ACC games, USC, Stony Brook, Minnesota and Army. Add to that ACC home games against FSU, Ga Tech, NC State and Wake along with road games against UNC, Clemson, Va Tech and Maryland and that is a pretty good sschedule for a first year coach to work off of. If Minnesota wanted the game as a home game for them I would pass and get Tulaneon the schedule but they need a 4th non Big 10 game and BC does too….it would make a lot of sense and satisfy the non FCS issue. Plus, Bates is Michigan man and undertands Minnesota, and the Little Brown Jug. Something to think about.

    • Mark
      November 5, 2012 at 7:47 am

      Your right, I did miss Minnesota. I went through the Big Ten quickly. Makes sense to me in a lot of ways, not sure if its going to happen though. Good research.

      • Mark
        November 5, 2012 at 8:06 am

        I just checked the list and Minnesota has filled its fourth non-conf. game with New Mexico State. Good thought fot the future though.

  3. Ignatius
    November 4, 2012 at 9:22 am

    The author clearly says “He checked UConn”. It does not say he “Checked with UConn”.

    Its pretty obvious from this that all BC did was look at UConn’s schedule to see if there was an opening. There wasn’t. Even if there was, there’s no guarantee BC would have pursued it given all the organizational inertia against it.

    • Mark
      November 4, 2012 at 10:09 am

      BC AD Bates and UConn AD Ward Mannuel are Michigan men. They will talk about future games.

      • Ignatius
        November 4, 2012 at 4:03 pm

        They can talk all they want.

        But Fr, Leahy was one of those sued by UConn. I doubt he would allow it.

        AD’s don’t operate independently of the rest of the Administration or the alumni.

      • CAG
        November 5, 2012 at 8:13 am

        You are such a Big East fan its incredible. We are not going to play UConn in football, no matter how much you pray for it.

      • CAG
        November 5, 2012 at 8:14 am

        You probably are one of those people who wish we were still in the Big East.

        • Mark
          November 5, 2012 at 8:30 am

          Nah. Why would BC want to play in a BCS game, which it could have done two or three times the last few years it hadn’t gone to the ACC. Play in lower tier bowls. Have a QB like Matt Ryan, win a division title and not even get a sniff at the SECOND or THIRD ACC bowl. Play teams like Stony Brook in non-conference games. UConn-BC is going to be discussed because both ADs went to Michigan and know each other and its a natural game to play. Its only dinosaurs like you or can’t give it up. Everybody at UConn is gone from 10 years ago and so is Gene D. What are you going to do if the ACC goes to 16 teams and UConn is one of them. UConn-BC is a good game because it will stir some passion. The ACC from a competitive stand point has been horrible for BC unless you like last in men’s basketball, women’s basketball and football as a goal.

          • CAG
            November 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm

            Simple question (which you won’t answer): What happens if the ACC doesn’t go to 16? What of the Rutgers and UConn’s of the world then?

            And I’ve got news for you, we’d be playing teams like Stony Brook regardless of what conference we’re in. That just goes to show how out of touch with reality you are.

            Finally, we haven’t finished last in football once since joining. The closest we’ve come is the years of your friend, the cowardly imbecile.

          • Mark
            November 5, 2012 at 7:49 pm

            If the ACC doesn’t go to 16 Rutgers and UConn probably play in BCS bowl games when they are good, which didn’t happen to BC in the ACC.
            Cowardly imbecile? Classy.

          • CAG
            November 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm

            What if UConn isn’t invited to the ACC? What happens if the ACC stays pat? Then what happens to the schools outside of the big conferences? And if I recall correctly, BC led the ACC in in-conference wins since they moved over up until your asshat of a friend took over. It honestly seems like his goal was to torpedo our great program (and when I say “our”, I’m not including you) Further, whatever conference we played in, we still would play Stony Brook and teams of that ilk. Are you really that dumb?

          • CAG
            November 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm

            1. Rutgers hasn’t made a BCS bowl game. 2. He is a coward, seeing as he has forfeited games he thinks he can’t win. He is an imbecile. Not quite sure how calling a spade a spade makes me lack class.

          • Ignatius
            November 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm

            As I said, Father Leahy isn’t gone. He’s still there.

            How much do you understand about the Irish and their propensity to hold grudges?

            In 1962 Syracuse played Notre Dame in a game that ended in a dispute. The refs incorrectly allowed ND to retry a FG attempt from 15 yds closer because of a penalty that had occurred after time had expired.

            The two schools didn’t play one another for 40+ years, And that didn’t involve the filing of a lawsuit naming the president of one of the schools individually.

            BC will not schedule UConn in football because of the suit and because BC has no interest in helping UConn out.

          • Ignatius
            November 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm

            By the way, you are aware that in BC’s last trip to play UConn, a BC student bus was pelted with rocks and bottles thrown by UConn fans?

            What administrator would schedule a game in an environment where the school’s students and fans could not be assured of their safety?

  4. Dennis
    November 3, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Did you say he reached out to UConn?? Does that mean that the New England Clash of the Titans is in the offing???? For next year, based on the parameters as set out in yor article, I would schedule Tulane. They used ot play all the time, they are a great academic school and it wouldn’t e so bad to have the Green Wave on the schedule once every 4-5 years.

    • Mark
      November 3, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      Tulane would make sense. Not sure what BC will do. BC-UConn is a definite possiblity since both Bates and UConn AD Ward Mannuel are Michigan men

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