For BC and Syracuse, the Spotlight Dance is Over

BC and Syracuse will wrap up their regular season on Saturday as understudies again

On successive weekends, Boston College and Syracuse auditioned for new roles in the Atlantic Coast Conference and beyond.

No longer were the Eagles and Orange merely role players in a college football show which is dominated by a few selected stars each season.

Oh, neither team had reached the level of being considered for anything but marginal Top 25 participants, but they were trending in the right direction, regarded as legitimate spoilers, if nothing else.

The Eagles had their chance a week ago when ESPN's Game Day came to The Heights for its weekly show with all of the pomp and circumstance and Clemson came to Alumni Stadium later that night with its undefeated record and No. 2 ranking.

All BC had to do to extend its 15 minutes of fame was to stun the college football world (they were 19 point underdogs) with a victory which create chaos in the world of Final Four playoff projections.

It didn't happen, as Clemson worked its way to a solid 27-7 win and BC absorbed its 3rd loss of the season.

On Saturday, it was Syracuse's turn

. The Orange squared off against Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium. The Cuse had climbed to No. 13 in the rankings had already posted 8 wins and the pre-game chatter was that this would be unbeaten and No. 3 ranked Notre Dame's toughest test of the season since its opener against Michigan.

The boys from Vegas had a different opinion, making ND a double digit favorite.

As usual, the Vegas boys knew their stuff as Notre Dame rolled to an easy 36-3 win.

Almost  1,100 miles South, BC was making one final bid for some notoriety in its game at Florida State. Although the Seminoles bore no resemblance to any of their more successful predecessors, it was still a home game with a 36 year old bowl bid streak at stake. To show you how far, FSU had fallen, BC was a 1 point favorite.

BC huffed and puffed and ran and passed and tackled and with two minutes left it even had a 21-15 lead, but then with one play--a 74 yard TD pass from FSU QB Deondre Francois to WR Tamorrion Terry--the pieces fell back into their familiar places.

The 22-21 loss deflated-- "Devastated'' was as better term according to BC coach  Steve Addazio--the Eagles.

Which leaves us with a Saturday after Thanksgiving regular season noon time--not prime time--battle between 8-3 Syracuse and 7-4 BC.

The winner is likely to wind up in the Sun Bowl on New Year's Eve, while the loser could end up in the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md, also on New Year's Eve afternoon.  Nothing great, but not bad.

What's at stake for BC may be a little bit more subtle. BC can still win 9 games this season, which would be an achievement which no BC team has matched since 2008.

For Addazio, who has never had any of his BC teams win more than 7 games in a season, it could also mean a contract extension beyond the 2020 season which he has currently in place.

Or it could mean that BC Athletic Director Martin Jarmond will simply say that he will wait another season before deciding what Addazio's long term future is at  The Heights.

But what is clear is that  the chance to play an extended role as a prime time player in the ACC for both teams has passed for another season.


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