Boston College 2018 Betting Preview: Tough Schedule Could Sink Up-Tempo Eagles
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Boston College 2018 Betting Odds
- To win the National Title: +40000
- To win the ACC: +4200
- To win the ACC Atlantic: +2450
- To make Playoff: Yes +5500, No -17500)
- Win Total: 6 (over -175, under +145)
All lines taken from 5Dimes on July 26. Always shop for the best line.
Boston College 2018 Schedule, Betting Odds
The Action Network Projected Wins: 6.5
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Boston College Under 6 (+145)
Boston College made a dedicated effort to go up-tempo in 2017. It ran 87 plays per game through the first three games last year, and after a 400-yard outburst against Notre Dame, it was clear that the Eagles’ dink-and-dunk approach wouldn’t win them games whether they huddled or not.
It wasn’t until Game 5 against Central Michigan that BC finally started to find its identity in star running back AJ Dillon and started carving teams up on the ground. The Eagles won six of their final eight regular-season games, and Dillon finished the year with 1,589 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Boston College ranks 31st overall in returning production, and there is plenty of talent to make some noise in the ACC. But are there seven wins on this schedule?
There is a stretch of games in mid-October that will be the toughest in college football (Louisville, Miami, Virginia Tech, Clemson and Florida State). However, if there is one thing we know about the Eagles, it’s that they have one massive upset in them.
Even though I am more bullish on BC’s projections than that of most other teams, I still have them as an underdog in a minimum of five games. They will be exciting, but not consistent, so I like the value on the under 6 +140. Boston College should be favored against Syracuse, but small enough to hedge this total.
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Looking for that upset on the schedule? My focus will be Miami visiting on Oct. 28. Both teams come off a bye week, but it’s Mark Richt’s record off extra rest that intrigues me. Here is a list of Richt coached games off a bye week in recent history:
- 2017 (Miami): Trailing Toledo heading into the second half
- 2016 (Miami): Outgained in total yards by Georgia Tech, but handed three turnovers for the win
- 2015 (Georgia): Loses to Florida 27-3
- 2014 (Georgia): Loses to Florida 38-20, loses to South Carolina 38-35
Count me in on the Game of the Year line of Boston College +6.5, currently listed at 5Dimes. I’ll get some action down on the moneyline, too.