NO. 22 BOSTON COLLEGE (0-0, 0-0)
AT BYU (0-0, 0-0)
Today, 1:30 p.m.
LaVell Edwards Stadium
TV: Ch. 4 Radio: KSL 1160 AM
Last meeting: BYU beat Boston College 28-14 at the 1985 Kickoff Classic in New York.
Trends to watch: BYU has won four consecutive season-openers — against Tulane (2001), Syracuse (2002), Georgia Tech (2003) and Notre Dame (2004) . . . The Eagles have won at least eight games the past four years . . . BYU is 4-8 at home the past two seasons.
Players to watch: Boston College has the ACC's preseason defensive player of the year in 6-foot-7 end Mathias Kiwanuka, who will line up against Jake Kuresa of BYU. The Eagles' fastest player, Will Blackmon, is a star on kickoffs and has been switched from DB to WR this season. John Beck's targets in the new offense include Jonny Harline, Nate Meikle, Michael Reed and Matt Allen, along with established home-run receiver Todd Watkins.
Boston College will win if . . . The Eagles keep BYU's offense off the field with long drives and force Cougar turnovers.
BYU will win if . . . The new offense manufactures 40 points, displays ball-control possessions and limits long passes and runs.
Extra points: This is the debut of Bronco Mendenhall as BYU's head football coach. He is among the youngest coaches in D-I. The Cougar offense installed in the spring and summer resembles BYU's offense of the early '80s more than the Texas Tech operation, from which offensive coordinator Robert Anae came. Look for Anae to deploy the tight ends, inside receivers and running backs Curtis Brown and Fahu Tahi into the Cougar schemes more this year.