Syracuse Orange vs. Boston College Eagles
College Football Pick: Boston College -4.5 (October 22nd 2016)
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Syracuse (3-4 / 1-2 in the ACC) will take on Boston College (3-3 / 0-3 in the ACC) Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill. Syracuse is 6th in the seven-team ACC Atlantic Division and Boston College, naturally, is dead-last. The Orange have won four of the last six meetings plus come off the biggest win of Dino Babers’ first season. Syracuse hosted Va Tech last Saturday and as a 23-point underdog, won 31-17. The ‘Cuse didn’t just beat the then-No. 19 Hokies, they rolled up 561 yards on an excellent defensive Va Tecgh unit. QB Dungey passed for 311 yards with one TD pass plus added 106 yards and another TD. “The biggest thing about this win is that any time you take over a program you’re trying to get everybody to buy in, you’re trying to get everybody to work as one,” coach Dino Babers said after the game. “…It’s always that way until you get that one win that solidifies you, that brings you together, that hardship that brings the family closer together. That’s what happened today. We’re now family.”
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Boston College last played October 7th, losing emphatically 56-10 to Clemson. Despite that blowout loss, the Boston College defense ranks 3rd in yards allowed (252.2 YPG) and 23.7 PPG, which ranks 43rd. The Eagles had hoped Kentucky transfer QB Patrick Towles would add “something extra” to this year’s oddense (BC averaged only 17.2 PPG in 2015). However, that hasn’t been the case, as he’s completed just 50.8 percent for 897 yards, although he’s thrown only three INTs (against seven TDs). Still, BC has hardly had a breakout year offensively, averaging 21.2 PPG. The Eagles have been outscored by 105-10 in their last two conference contests, with Towles going a combined 20-of-50 for 171 yards.
Boston College has notably lost 11 consecutive ACC games but as fate would have it, the school’s last league win came back on Nov 29, 2014, a 28-7 triumph at home against Syracuse. This is the Eagles’ fourth straight home game and arguably its best chance to end their ACC losing streak. Syracuse is off a HUGE upset win over Va Tech plus BC head coach Steve Addazzio and DC Jim Reid have had two full weeks to prepare the defense for a big effort. The bet is BC!