Sample size, as well as the fact that Boston College opened with an FCS team in Villanova, have to be considered with these numbers, but the BC defense under new coordinator Don Brown has completely surpassed its statistical averages from 2012 so far this year. Below are a few of the stats, as well as the national rank in both years:
|Tackles for loss per game||3.75||122nd||9.5||6th|
|Opponent 3rd down conv.||49.77||120th||37.04||61st|
|Red zone score %||80.77||55th||40.00||7th|
|Red zone TD %||51.92||27th||20.00||12th|
The BC defense has made all of these leaps with essentially the same players it had last season. The Villanova and Wake Forest offenses weren’t particularly potent, but even considering sample size and opponent, it would be difficult for this defense to have improved any more than it has.