BC's Addazio planning to win, but says it won't be easy against talented Tigers

'We need to play the field position game. We need to control the ball. We need to get off the field on defense'

Boston College head coach Steve Addazio gestures from the sidelines during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Florida State at Alumni Stadium in Boston, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Boston College head coach Steve Addazio gestures from the sidelines during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Florida State at Alumni Stadium in Boston, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Boston College coach Steve Addazio was asked during the ACC coaches' teleconference on Wednesday how his team plans to 'stay in the game' against No. 3 Clemson on Saturday.

Actually, he's hoping for a bit better than that.

"Our goal is not to stay in it - our goal is to win it," Addazio said.

To do that, the Eagles' first-year head coach says his team has to control the football.

"We need to play the field position game," Addazio said. "We need to control the ball. We need to get off the field on defense.

"This team is so explosive, Clemson. You guys know that. That's no great mystery to you. I've seen a lot of great football teams. I just put this team up there with those great football teams.

"So all we can control is what we can control, and that is the execution of our offense and our defense."

Addazio said the Eagles need to play "a very physical game" against the Tigers.

"When the plays are able to be made, we've got to make those plays and play a very physical football game," he said. "We're not going to try to play a fast paced game. We're going to try to play our game."

Boston College has made some changes to its defensive approach under Adazzio, but the basic trademarks of Eagles' defense appear to still be in place.

"I think the thing is we've got to really get 11 hats to the football," Addazio said. "We've got to tackle really, really well, and we've got to get pressure on the quarterback and disrupt the rhythm and the timing of the offense.

"All that sounds great, but that's really hard to do especially against a team like this. It's going to be a tremendous challenge. Obviously, you're not going to stop a team like this all the time, but you've got to be able to make your plays when you have a chance to make them."

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TigerNE writes:

Gotta respect a coach that admits the challenge, does nothing to demean his opponent, but still is fully optimistic and positive about his team.

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