Don't Overlook BYU

John Beck

"Dunbar earned his true captaincy on Wednesday, when he sat before gleeful reporters with rolling tape recorders and rebuffed any question that had to with last Saturday – when he played his best game as an Eagle."

A scary scenario: First, Boston College is coming off an epic victory over a ranked, division rival. Second, the Eagles don't play an important opponent until mid-October, when they square up against Virginia Tech and Florida State on consecutive weekends. Third, a local buzz - involving words like "ACC Championship" and "Eagles" and "Tom O'Brien" - is gaining national steam and BC is starting to get recognition around the country (next Saturday's match at N.C. State has been moved to primetime by ESPN2.)

Why is this scary? Because we're only two games into the season. Because, at this point, with a mostly inexperienced team and a coach who has never really faced such a problem, hype is bad. Because BYU is coming to town and the Cougars are probably sick of hearing about the Eagles.

Luckily, O'Brien is one step ahead of the game. During media day Wednesday, with fantastic questions about the gloriousness of their most amazing victory still lingering, it was obvious the coach had already worked over his players. Like a mob boss. Here are some juicy answers...

"We're just trying to concentrate on next week's game."

"We can't talk about [last] Saturday's game."

"…"

That last one is from Jolonn Dunbar, who refused in absolution to answer anything that had to do with the Clemson game.

Dunbar showed that he was a captain on the field last Saturday when he involved himself in almost every clutch defensive play. But he earned his true captaincy on Wednesday, when he sat before gleeful reporters with rolling tape recorders and rebuffed any question that had to with last Saturday – when he played his best game as an Eagle.

It's a good thing O'Brien has his boys concentrating on the road ahead, because they have a potential trap game this weekend. BYU has a high-flying offense, headlined by preseason Doak Walker candidate Curtis Brown, who ran for more than 1,000 yards last year, and quarterback John Beck, who had 3,709 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2005. Plus, after the Eagles won 20-3 in Provo last year, handing head coach Bronco Mendenhall a loss in his BYU debut, the Cougars want revenge.

If the Eagles were unprepared, we would have reason to be afraid. But the coach has worked them over. They won't say anything. And that's a good thing.

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