Free Week 2 Prediction: Eagles vs Minutemen Odds
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(0-1) Boston College Eagles vs. UMASS Minutemen (0-1)
Date: Saturday, September 10th
Time: 12:00 PM
Venue: Gilette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts
NCAA Football Spread: Boston College -17.0
NCAA Betting Total: 39.5
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A long trip to Dublin, Ireland had the Boston College football team coming back without a win and with the feeling that they could be in for another challenging offensive season.
After not recording a conference win in 2015, the Eagles had an early shot at ending their ACC losing streak with Georgia Tech in their opener.
Boston College gets to return home to the United States and to Massachusetts for a “road” game against UMass. The game will be played at Gillette Stadium so the crowd will likely favor BC given their bigger fan base.
Boston College Eagles
After being the nation’s top ranked defense in yards per game last season, Boston College’s concerns entering this season were more focused on the offensive side of the ball.
Those concerns still exist after Week 1 as the offense sputtered yet again. The Eagles offense managed just 15 first downs and didn’t put any points on the board until the third quarter.
Their first score was the result of a one play drive – a 73 yard touchdown run by Jon Hilliman. Outside of the Hilliman long run, the Eagles had just three drives longer than 40 yards with one resulting in a touchdown and the other two resulting in missed field goals.
The Eagles turned the ball over three times and totaled just 320 yards of total offense.
That won’t be too much easier against UMass though as the Minutemen just went to Gainesville and held the Florida Gators to 24 points.
Boston College will need much more offensive production to cover this big spread. They will need Hilliman to be more productive as he totaled 29 yards on his other 16 carries besides the 73 yard scamper.
Quarterback Patrick Towles will have to stretch the field a bit after throwing for only 137 yards in Week 1.
Beating UMass should be a given; covering 17 points is a much different story.
No one thought UMass would be down just 3 points at Florida in Week 1; I am not even sure UMass expected that.
UMass did a good job preventing Florida’s offense from getting rolling but gave up too much field position to have won the game.
Normally, it would be difficult to evaluate their performance against an SEC defense and determine how it will match up with another defense. However, Boston College’s defense could be BETTER than Florida’s.
That doesn’t bode well for an offense that totaled just 187 yards in Week 1 and went 1 for 11 on third down.
UMass didn’t turn the ball over once and committed just 25 penalty yards. But, they managed only 2 drives over 46 yards.
Running back Marquis Young has the ability to break a run or two but didn’t have a carry longer than 8 yards against Florida.
New quarterback Ross Comis posted just a 29.4 QBR in his first start so he didn’t have much to offer either.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 18-7-1 in Boston College’s last 26 games.
- Under is 12-6 in Boston College’s last 18 games following a SU loss.
- Under is 14-9 in UMass’s last 23 games as home team.
Free Week 2 NCAA Football Prediction
A matchup with a top defense in the country and also two horrible offenses expects the game total to be very low. 39.5 is as low of a total as I have seen in quite some time but I still like it to go under.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Game total under 39.5
Boston College is most likely to put up a few touchdowns.
But, even that I feel confidently it won’t happen. This will be a boring, brutal game to watch. But, an easy moneymaker.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Boston College 20 – Umass 7
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