BOSTON (AP)- Former Temple coach Steve Addazio is taking over at Boston College, and he'll get a bit of a homecoming for his first game in Chestnut Hill.
The Eagles will open Addazio's first season against Villanova, a school he faced each year he was in Philadelphia with the Owls. The Wildcats are ranked in the top 10 of both major Football Championship Subdivision polls, but they haven't had as much luck against bowl subdivision teams, going 3-14 when stepping up in class.
Boston College is vulnerable, coming off a 2-10 season that ended with the firing of coach Frank Spaziani.
Here are five things to watch for in Saturday's game:
WAIT 'TIL THIS YEAR: Boston College players are eager to get back on the field for the chance to start forgetting last year's season, when they earned double-digit losses for just the second time in school history. Linebacker Steele Devitto says the team isn't focused on last year, but anything his teammates need to get motivated is OK with him.
MEET THE NEW BOSS: Addazio is enthusiastic, and his energy has already paid dividends with almost two dozen recruits committing for next year. For 2013, one of the things he's focusing on is not taking any plays off. "I want to be that team that understands the importance of every snap," he said. "Before you know it, you're sitting in the locker room, (and) you either sang the fight song or you didn't. It's fragile. There's no re-dos. 'Can I have one more chance?' No, you can't. It's over."
FAMILIAR FACES: Although the teams haven't played each other since 1980, Addazio faced Villanova twice while at Temple, winning both games by a combined score of 83-17. Still, he maintains he is not just paying lip service to the Wildcats (ranked No. 5 in one FCS poll, and No. 9 in another) when he says they are a dangerous team. "They're an explosive team. They're a veteran team. They've had this kind of talent and experience. They've had outstanding seasons. They're coming off an outstanding season."
WELCOME BACK: Boston College returns 16 starters from last year's team, including QB Chase Rettig, who threw for 3,065 yards and 17 touchdowns and was sixth in the ACC in passing yards per game last year; WR Alex Amidon, who set school records with 78 receptions and 1,210 receiving yards; and LBs Divitto, who was named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list, and Kevin Pierre-Louis, who was seventh in the ACC in tackles last year. Villanova returns 16 as well, including RB Kevin Monangai, who ran for 1,210 yards last season; QB John Robertson, who earned the Jerry Rice award as the top freshman in FCS; and OL Dan Shirey, a two-time all-conference pick before missing all of last season with an Achilles tendon injury.
ON TO THE CONFERENCE: This is a one-week break - actually, six days - before BC begins its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule against Wake Forest on Friday night. It's the only FCS game of the year for the Eagles, who were picked to finish last in the ACC's Atlantic Division. For Villanova, which was picked to win the Colonial Athletic Association, it's Fordham of the Patriot League the next week and then back to the CAA to play Stony Brook.
© 2018 Cox Media Group.