Free Week 9 Prediction: Eagles vs Wolfpack Odds
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(3-4) Boston College Eagles vs. NC State Wolfpack (4-3)
Date: Saturday, October 29th
Time: 12:30 pm EST
Venue: Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC
NCAA Football Spread: NC State -15.0
NCAA Betting Total: 47.0
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A 4-1 start had the Wolfpack looking like they could be a surprising threat in the ACC. However, an overtime loss to Clemson followed by a beatdown from Louisville has the Wolfpack scrambling to recover their form.
Boston College is still looking for their first ACC win since 2014 and looking at their remaining schedule, this is one of their two realistic chances.
Boston College Eagles
The Eagles had one of the nation’s best defenses in 2015 but have only seen glimpses of that type of ability this season.
This could be a chance for the defense to step up though as NC State has struggled offensively over the last several weeks.
The quarterback play of Patrick Towles has been pretty poor as he is completing just 48 percent of his passes. Also, the run game hasn’t helped much – averaging just 3.9 yards per carry as a team.
That all will be tough to improve upon this week as the NC State defensive line is one of the best in the conference.
However, Boston College’s offensive line has been solid in protection – allowing just 8 sacks all season.
But, they have allowed the 20th most tackles for loss which doesn’t match up well for them against the Wolfpack defense which is 21st in the FBS in tackles for loss with over 7 per game.
If they can’t protect Towles or block for Jon Hilliman in the run game, they will have a very difficult time putting any points on the board.
Throw out last week’s game against Louisville and the NC State defense overall has been very solid.
NC State Wolfpack
The loss last week to Louisville could be very damaging to the Wolfpack’s confidence after nearly beating Clemson at Clemson was a big boost to their confidence.
Now in recovery mode from those two losses, the Wolfpack can’t let this season go to waste as there are tough games left on their schedule and this will be an important one in working towards a bowl bid.
For that to happen, they will need either Ryan Finley or Jalan McClendon to step up and take control of the quarterback position.
Finley appeared to be their guy but a late interception in their loss to Clemson appeared to be damaging to his confidence as he couldn’t get anything going against Louisville.
I imagine they will stick with Finley going forward as he has proven he is capable if he regains his confidence.
A tough Boston College defense awaits him so I would expect the NC State playcalling to be conservative in their hopes of getting him rolling again.
Expect Matthew Dayes to be heavily involved in the offense this week as NC State looks to regain their identity of using the run game to control the tempo and then let Finley make plays down the field to stretch out the defense.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
• Under is 15-4 in Boston College’s last 19 games.
• Under is 10-1 in Boston College’s last 11 games following a loss.
• Under is 9-3 in Boston College’s last 12 conference games.
• Home Team is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 meetings.
Free Week 9 NCAA Football Prediction
I expect Boston College’s offense to struggle to get going while NC State will be conservative in their approach following a blowout loss. Finley could regain his identity late in the game but I would expect this to be very low scoring.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Game Total Under 47.0
Boston College has been a great under play this season and last season and I don’t expect that to change. NC State should win the game but I would be shocked if they put up enough points to cover.
Week 9 Free Score Prediction: NC State 26 – Boston College 14
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