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Boston College to Play Florida State on Primetime in 2011

Boston College QB Chase Rettig and the Eagles will have their hands full in 2011. (Photo by Getty Images)

The 2011 schedule was finalized Monday, as the Boston College Eagles will kick off their season at home against out-of-conference opponent Northwestern.

Northwestern finished 2010 7-6, after starting off the season with five consecutive victories. The Wildcats closed out the season with three straight loses — including a 70-23 trouncing by Wisconsin. Other out-of-conference foes on tap for Boston College include Central Florida, Notre Dame and UMass.

BC will face ACC-rival Florida State on ESPN on Thursday, Nov. 3. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher will have his hands full in trying to replace quarterback Christian Ponder, but look for FSU to battle North Carolina State and dark-horse Clemson for the ACC Atlantic crown.

Overall, BC’s schedule will be tougher than in years past because of the out-of-state teams, particularly Central Florida. The Knights were three close loses away from being undefeated in 2010. No win was more impressive than when UCF defeated Georgia, 10-6 in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on New Year’s Eve. In 2010, BC benefited from playing weaker teams like Weber and Kent State. Now, BC has no room for error.

If BC starts out the season like they did in 2010, the Eagles will be 0-2.

The full schedule can be seen here.

About Matthew Marcantonio - @M_Marcantonio

Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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