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College Football Handicapping: Week 7
(3-4) Boston College Eagles vs. Virginia Cavaliers (5-1)
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:30 pm EST
Venue: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Virginia
NCAA Football Spread: Virginia -7
NCAA Betting Total: 48.5
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I have to admit I did not realize that Virginia was 5-1 until just now. A win this week will make them bowl eligible and when you look at their schedule it might be their best chance to get it.
The program has turned around a lot this season.
Boston College is coming off a nice win over Louisville. They were 20 point underdogs but won outright, somehow scoring more than 40 points. Sustaining that performance is going to be a challenge
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Not much is expected of BC this season, certainly not an upset like they had last week. Even more shocking was the way it occurred with their offensive explosion. It would have had to be the defense right.
In this case it was a running game that dominated the Cardinals. Freshman RB AJ Dillon rushed for more than 270 yards. At 240 pounds he certainly doesn’t look like a frosh. His style is perfect for the team’s identity.
Speaking of that identity the Eagles are not the defensive team they were of recent vintage. Lamar Jackson had one of his usual days but all season long the Eagles have given up yards and points.
You have to change your mindset.
I suppose only time will tell but it looks like Bronco Mendenhall has moved the Virginia program back to the ranks of the living. They are competitive in the ACC and even got a shocker of a win at Boise State.
On the surface there is nothing that stands out with this group. I think they are just more comfortable with with what the coach wants. They are much more sound on defense and making fewer mistakes.
They have always been able to get a fair amount of talent.
QB Kurt Benkert has been much better in his second season with the Cavaliers.
It is amazing what a solid running game and not having to be perfect with every pass can do for a quarterback.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Eagles are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
- Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Under is 4-0 in Cavaliers last 4 games in October.
- Under is 4-0 in Cavaliers last 4 vs. a team with a losing record.
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Boston College just knocked off Louisville with the defending Heisman trophy winner on the other sideline. That is pretty high profile for this group. That might present a buying opportunity. They are on the road this week.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Virginia -7
Whenever I see a home favourite at this number it always screams teaser, so you get that number at a level where any win is a win. Sure you have to combine it with others but it is not a terrible strategy if you like the game on its own merits anyway.
This one seems pretty simple in terms of the handicap. It should come down to how well you think Boston College is going to be able to move the ball on the ground. If they can they can keep it close. If not UVA wins as expected.
Week 7 Free Score Prediction: Virginia 31 – Boston College 20
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