September 30, 2007

Staying focused

The highest rating in 23 years caused Jeff Jagodzinski to have a little chat with his players Sunday.

The message? Keep playing football and don't pay attention to being No. 7 in the latest AP poll, No. 6 in the coaches' voting.

"It's already been addressed," Jags told his Sunday media call. "The only things that's really important are the guys in that room. We already had that discussion with my team."

Due to two weekends of upsets, a BC team that has beaten two lesser opponents in less-than-exciting fashion has gone from No. 14 to No. 7 in the virtual blink of an eye. Teams lose, they fall, it's that simple. You win, you move up - it doesn't matter whether you should be there or not.

It's tough to look at what BC has done the past two weeks and think the Eagles are the seventh-best team in the country, isn't it? That said, BC is 5-0 for the first time since 1954 and has gotten there despite a spate of injuries, with the offense starting to catch up to the defense in that department.

Andre Callender, who was terrific Saturday, had to carry the ball 32 times because L.V. Whitworth got back to practice Thursday and wasn't ready to play. "You don't practice you don't play," said Jagodzinski. "I just can't put guys on the field that get healthy on Thursday all of a sudden."

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