Props to the University of Massachusetts fan(s) who pulled of this prank earlier in the week, draping a Minutemen jersey over the statue of Doug Flutie at Boston College, commemorating arguably the most famous play in the history of collegiate Boston sports. It took guts and proper planning to execute this Danny Ocean-esque scheme, so we’ll give credit where it’s due. That said, the idea that the “Battle of the Bay State” rivalry (between B.C. and UMass football) is really worth anything at this point is clearly absurd.
Having agreed to a three game series spread over the course of the next few seasons, the two Massachusetts Division-1 FBS college football programs are now apparently locked in a rivalry, which was even given the name the “Battle of the Bay State.” In reality, it’s far from a battle of any kind, given that B.C. has emerged victorious in every one of the seven games that has occurred between the two schools since 1978 (and 19 of 24 meetings in total).
Also, there is little history in the rivalry, though clearly that’s the case given that they’ve only begun to start playing each other again regularly. UMass became a D-1 FBS school just two seasons ago, and has since compiled a predictably dismal record of 2-22 in that span.
Boston College, under second year coach Steve Addazio, seems to be on the rise. Though they lost several quality players from 2013, including Heisman Trophy contender Andre Williams (now in the NFL with the New York Giants), the Eagles are moving in the right direction under Addazio.
Ultimately, there is plenty of potential for the B.C. vs. UMass rivalry to grow over the years, but they’ll need to have the FBS newcomers, UMass, reach a slightly closer level of parity.
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