College Football Week 6 Picks: Boston College Eagles at Army Black KnightsBoston College-Army
Time: Noon EST, Saturday
Spread: BC -9.5
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This may be just what the Eagles need to get back on track. As losers of three of their last four, they now face an Army team in a game in which they find themselves heavy favorites according to college football oddsmakers.
It’s a welcome change, because they had to face No. 17 Clemson last week, and they were disposed of in handy fashion, losing by two touchdowns to a Tigers team that just had too much firepower for a defense that ranks near the bottom of the nation, as the Eagles have given up 27.8 points per game and held no opponent under three touchdowns so far.
Eagles QB Chase Rettig should enable BC to pull this off as expected, though. The junior has thrown for 1,292 yards already on the season, and has a 57.1 percent completion ratio. His QB rating is 134.8, as it has been mitigated by the three interceptions and five sacks on the year. His performance in the loss to Miami (FL) was impressive, though. Despite falling by 9 in the game, he threw for 441 yards and a 62.7 percent completion ratio.
That kind of performance would bury the Army Black Knights, as they have one of the weakest defenses in the nation…the Black Knights are giving up 38.8 points per game.
It wouldn’t be so bad if they could score themselves, but they manage only 21.8 points per game in their own right. Their rushing has been phenomenal, but only as a result of two shootouts against Northern Illinois and Wake Forest. In their two losses, they’ve averaged only five points per contest.
Expect BC to come out and take control of the game early, while trying to prevent Army from doing the only thing they know how to do offensively: run the ball. The lack of variation in the Army offense should give the Eagles D a good advantage, as Army QB Trent Steelman isn’t really good at airing it out, with just a 45.8 percent completion ratio on the year.
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