Always trying to expand our reach here at Atlantic Coast Convos, we made some new friends over at Major Onions, which focuses on Chicago sports, the Big Ten and the SEC. And given this weekend’s B1G/ACC battle between Northwestern and Boston College, I decided to have a Q&A with them on Saturday’s matchup. Editor-in-chief Keegan Goudie was great enough to answer some questions below (thanks, Keegan!), and be sure to head over there to see my thoughts on the game as well.
Which BC player most concerns you on Saturday?
Major Onions: Chase Rettig will obviously have all the pressure on him coming into the game. The big question will be whether that pressure remains during gameplay. Boston College has good size on the O-line, and the key will be making sure Rettig is comfortable in the pocket. The unit is led by left tackle Emmett Cleary (6-foot-7, 313 pounds), whom ironically I had the ‘pleasure’ of guarding my senior year football season (my back still isn’t the same). If Cleary and the rest of the Eagle’s O-line has a solid outing, Rettig will have plenty of time to tear up a weak Northwestern secondary.
After two games, it looks like Northwestern has a quarterback controversy on its hands. Any preference who comes out victorious?
MO: As Pat Fitzgerald said, “having two quarterbacks is a good problem to have”. From a program perspective, you have to call BS on a dual-QB system in the long-term. I think Pat Fitzgerald should be weary on making a harsh decision too early, but I think Trevor Siemian is making a statement for the starting job. His unforeseen ability to exceed in clutch and late moments of games is something you can’t teach. Those are what you look for in a program quarterback. His numbers aren’t overwhelming, but I don’t see why Fitzgerald doesn’t make him the BMOC at Northwestern.