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Emerald Bowl/Boston College Links

We will start to take a look at BC over the weekend in the mean time here are a few links about the Emerald Bowl...

Make sure you check out SB Nations BC Interruption for the BC perspective!

Here is's Emerald Bowl preview...

More links below the fold...

Eagles present new challenge for Carroll - The Trojan Empire

The Emerald Bowl doesn’t bring the same energy as years past, and USC didn’t draw a bigger name from the ACC that many were hopeful for. But even so, we shouldn’t sleep on Boston College, because the Eagles will approach this minor bowl as a major one, hopeful to use the opportunity to make a statement.

Playing in the ACC, the Eagles have played their fair amount of high profile programs. From Miami to Florida State, and an out of conference jump to Notre Dame, BC has found itself sharing fields with some of the most respected programs on the landscape. But lining up across from USC, no matter how small the stage, they arrive with bad intentions and much to gain.

On December 26th, the men of Troy will attempt to salvage the season with a victory over an average program. And though the current season for USC is average in itself, the opponent arrives with a different view of the circumstances. The Eagles come to us with one glorified mission, which isn’t to defeat a spiraling team in a lesser bowl—It is to conquer college football’s most heralded coach and his ‘program of he decade’.

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A look at Boston College -

There are similarities between Boston College and USC. Both are private research institutions located in major American cities. Both were founded during the 19th century, and both have picturesque campuses.

Both teams have had tremendous success in the postseason, with the Eagles going 8-1 in bowl games this decade. The Trojans are 6-2 over the same period.

Playing on the opposite coast, the Eagles are relative strangers to the Trojans, and with that in mind, here’s an early look at the key components.


At Boston College, you’re just not a “head coach.” No, you’re the “Gregory P. Barber & Family head football coach.” Barber, a Boston College trustee endowed the head-coaching position. Yes, for $2.5 million, you too can have your name on someone else’s job title.

Anyway, Frank Spaziani took over as Boston College’s head coach this season after the Eagles’ fired Jeff Jagodzinski for interviewing for a head-coaching job with the New York Jets without gaining the permission of athletics director Gene DeFillippo.

Spaziani has been coaching since 1969, and he’s spent the past 12 years on the Boston College staff. Before being named head coach, Spaziani coached running backs for a season before being named defensive coordinator in 1999. He also was named interim head coach and led Boston College to a win over Navy in the 2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl.

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USC To Battle Boston College In Emerald Bowl
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It's a West-versus-East matchup in the Emerald Bowl as a pair of 8-4 teams--USC and Boston College--battle the day after Christmas. It's just the third meeting between the Trojans and Eagles, and the first in 21 years (the teams are slated to meet again in the near future). USC, which claims one of the nation's top bowl traditions, will be making its 48th post-season appearance and its school-record ninth consecutive, but this will be its debut in the Emerald Bowl. The Trojans are unranked for the first time since the end of 2001, their last season in a non-BCS bowl.

BC, which is playing in its 11th bowl in a row, is the first team to make a return visit to the Emerald Bowl (it won there in 2003). USC--winner of its last 15 non-conference games--traditionally has fared well in bowls, against the ACC, at night, in December and also in season enders.