ESPN College Game Day to Broadcast @BC

ESPN College Game Day to Broadcast @BC

Huge game this weekend (Boston Globe) for my alma mater and ESPN's crew will be doing their broadcast from the dustbowl in the center of campus:

ESPN's popular "College GameDay Built By The Home Depot" football show will originate from the "campus green" on the Boston College campus Saturday, the day of BC's inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference football game vs. the Florida State Seminoles. This will mark College GameDay's first appearance on the BC campus.

The campus green, affectionately termed "the dustbowl" by BC students, is a large, grassy area located behind McElroy Commons, the college bookstore, and alongside College Road. The stage will be set up to broadcast the popular show, which features host Chris Fowler and analysts Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, from 10:30 a.m. until noon each Saturday during the college football season. Fowler, Corso and Herbstreit also will be seen throughout the day on ESPN from Alumni Stadium in various pregame, halftime and postgame segments.

• BC coach Jim O'Brien was the offensive coordinator at Virginia when the Cavaliers scored 33 points and handed FSU its first ACC loss in 1995, so he has an inkling about what's needed to move the ball against the Seminoles.

Boston College's coach is not Jim O'Brien, it's Tom O'Brien.  No respect for B.C.  See if this link works to get a live view of the dustbowl.

The rest of the Insider's take on B.C. after the jump.

ESPN Insider's take is wrong, literally:

From ESPN Insider:

Boston College
QB Quinton Porter is completing 76 percent of his passes, but that number will drop against an extremely fast Florida State defense. The key to winning for the Eagles in their ACC debut Saturday night is hoping their gargantuan offensive line fares better against a relatively inexperienced FSU defensive line than Miami did. If BC can run the ball effectively and keep FSU's linebackers involved near the line of scrimmage, then Porter may find some vulnerabilities in the Seminoles' pass defense. Miami had receivers wide open, at times, in the season opener, but no time for Wright to find them.

• BC coach Jim O'Brien was the offensive coordinator at Virginia when the Cavaliers scored 33 points and handed FSU its first ACC loss in 1995, so he has an inkling about what's needed to move the ball against the Seminoles.

• FSU TB Lorenzo Booker, a Southern California native, thought it sort of amusing that BC receiver/utility infielder Will Blackmon is from Rhode Island ("What kind of high school football do they play in Rhode Island?'' Booker wondered). Blackmon gets a chance to make an impression on Booker and the rest of the nation in one of the most high-profile ACC games this season. Here's a proposition, Will: Catch a touchdown pass, and return a punt for another score on Saturday, and you'll make it on the short list for this Heisman ballot.

xContinued from the Insider:

Florida State

The mood, karma -- something -- is different around the FSU locker room this season, so maybe it's futile comparing this group to a team that last year went 3-2 on the road. But if the Seminoles aren't more effective on offense than they were away from home last year, then Saturday night's game at Boston College is going to be an eye-opener.

Most FSU players don't seem convinced that BC can play at the Seminoles' level, despite an offensive performance against Miami two weeks ago in which FSU gained 170 yards. Asked how he feels about facing BC in the Eagles' first ACC game, Booker said, "We're Florida State. We feel like we should be welcoming everybody, whether they've been in 10 years -- then we need to let you know nothing's changed -- or you're just in, then we need to let you know about the years to come.''

Last year, FSU welcomed Miami into the ACC by losing to the Hurricanes in overtime at the Orange Bowl.

• The Seminoles have, however, designated this a "sod game," as a result of being an underdog on the road.

• FSU's defensive line is relatively inexperienced, with the exception of senior DT Brodrick Bunkley, but the group dominated against Miami, recording nine sacks. Saturday's game will be a tougher test against a BC line that returned five starters from a year ago.

• Bobby Bowden is tiptoeing around the fact that redshirt freshman Xavier Lee, whose mental blunders have caused him to be yanked after his first series in each of two games (though Lee returned later against The Citadel) is the backup QB. "I'm sure it's very deflating to have the reputation he's got, then to be put in the game late, taken out late,'' said Bowden, who already has met privately with Lee to stress patience (translation: "Don't go transferring on me'').

Joel Embiid adjusting to new challenges in 1st NBA training camp

Joel Embiid adjusting to new challenges in 1st NBA training camp

GALLOWAY, N.J. -- With Joel Embiid's excitement to be on the court following two years of injuries comes the reality of his lengthy setback.

Embiid is participating in his first NBA training camp this week. While he has impressed with his natural abilities and improved skills, Embiid is facing challenges as he gets accustomed to the league.

"Everything is kind of off right now as far as catching the ball or shooting," Embiid said after practice Wednesday. "I've still got to get in the flow of the game."

Embiid has yet to play since being drafted in 2014. For the past two years he has worked out individually and in controlled settings. Practices, even in training camp, are different. 

"You see all the time when you realize he hasn't played basketball for a long time," Sixers head coach Brett Brown said. "He's trying to gather his feet and find his balance, he's trying to figure out stuff in real time speed on defensive assignments and rotations."

On Wednesday, Embiid went through practice without any minute restrictions and was feeling healthier from the cold and virus he had been battling (see story). Teammates have praised his physical presence and eagerness to compete. He makes an impact with his 7-foot-2 presence alone, but there is more he wants to improve. 

Embiid is adjusting to the speed of the game. He has been facing challenges with getting the ball in the post and spoke to the coaches about his frustrations. The staff explained they are focusing on pick-and-roll defense and getting out to run during training camp, but he will get that desired location in game situations. 

“You continue to see the size of Joel Embiid,” Brown said. “He's a big man and he's got a mindset to back up his physical gifts. He really wants the ball. He wants to get deep catches. He wants to dunk on people.”

Embiid always has been realistic about his transition to his rookie season. He has pointed out many times that he is a fast learner, and is anxious to soak up new knowledge and apply it to the court.

"It's really frustrating," he said. "But like I've said, you've got to trust the process, which I've been doing."

Tonight's lineup: Cody Asche starts in place of injured Roman Quinn

Tonight's lineup: Cody Asche starts in place of injured Roman Quinn

With Roman Quinn's season over with an oblique strain, Freddy Galvis moves up to second in the Phillies' lineup Wednesday night against the Braves.

Quinn's showing in the majors this month was a microcosm of his pro career to this point — he showed his speed with four steals and several infield hits, posted a .373 OBP in 69 plate appearances, but suffered another injury. Health has always been his roadblock.

With Quinn out, Cody Asche gets a start in left field against Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, who he's homered off of. The presence of Quinn and Aaron Altherr has limited Asche's playing time — he's started only three games since coming back from Triple A on Sept. 10.

Asche bats seventh, a spot ahead of Aaron Altherr, who is 7 for 52 (.135) in his last 18 games and has four extra-base hits in his last 133 plate appearances.

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Cody Asche, LF
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Adam Morgan, P

Matt Kemp, who sat last night, returns to the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, LF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Dansby Swanson, SS
7. Mallex Smith, RF
8. Daniel Castro, 2B
9. Mike Foltynewicz, P