The Boston College Eagles have set their hopes high at the start of training camp.
Head football coach Frank Spaziani put it all on the table: "We want to go to the Orange Bowl, and we want to win that."
It's not a prediction. Spaziani doesn't make predictions; he focuses instead on "affecting the future." And it starts with the first on his checklist of team goals -- the ACC Atlantic Division.
BC must beat out Wake Forest, Florida State, Maryland, Clemson and NC State for the division. That would lead to an appearance in the ACC title game. If all goes right in Charlotte on December 3, BC would land in the Orange Bowl.
He admitted it won't be easy, but says his players understand the work necessary to accomplish these goals.
"Where we finish up as far as what national ranking, I don't know. But that's what we're here for in this program; not to be mediocre, not to be in the middle of the pack," said Spaziani. "We're trying to be the best we possibly can be."
The Eagles finished 7-6 in the 2010 season, losing to No. 15 Nevada, 20-13, in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Sophomore quarterback Chase Rettig, running back Montel Harris and consensus All-America linebacker Luke Kuechly return to lead the team.