Boston College-Georgia Tech
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Spread: GAT -13.5
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Boston College has only one win on the year, and that was against the lackluster program of Maine. They haven’t been able to contain any of their better opponents, and gave up 45 to then No. 17 Clemson on the 29th of September, while allowing the Army’s ground game to punish them last week in a three point loss. Tajh Boyd of the Tigers threw for 367 yards against the Eagles, and Spaziani has to be fearing that Manuel does the same this week.
Any chance Boston College had of covering this spread would have lied in their pass game, as they average 280.5 yards per game in the air. Chase Rettig has 1,648 yards on the season and 11 passing TDs, but Greg Reid, Xavier Rhodes, Lamarcus Joyner and Terrence Brooks should be able to limit that success.
It’s hard to gauge how well an offense is going to do when you take away its top player. Georgia Tech lost WR Stephen Hill to the NFL and not one of their returning wide outs has even a single reception to their name. Their QB, Tevin Washington, didn’t throw a touchdown over the final seven games of last season, either.
The result has been about the worst pass offense in the nation, with just 155.8 yards per game. They’ve compensated with one of the best rushing offenses in the nation, though, amassing 331 yards per game and ranking 3rd in the nation. It’s not he strength of Washington, who has proved to be one of the best running QBs in the nation. He has rushed for 90+ yards three ties this season and had 104 yards rushing in the loss at Clemson last week. His QB rating is sky high since he only throws when people are wide open. He has just two interceptions on the year and a 62.8 percent completion ratio.
Al Groh is a pretty solid defensive coordinator who for the last few seasons has basically done about as well as he could with the personnel that he had. He’s going to use his linemen more aggressively this season, mainly because he should. DE Izaan
Cross has the potential to wreak havoc on opposing offenses and Groh’s recruits are starting to develop rapidly. Jeremiah Attaochu is coming into his junior year and should make a big difference at outside linebacker.
The defense really just needs to stimulate more pressure in the pockets, and it is really all going to lie on the shoudlers of TJ Barnes, Euclid Cummings, and Cross. So far, they haven’t done a good job of any of these things, giving up 30.2 points per game, which ranks them near the bottom of all D-1 teams (84th).
Boston College Betting Trends:
Eagles 5-0 ATS in their last 5 after accumulating less than 275 total yards, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 after scoring less than 20 pts previous week, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 after allowing 40+ points, 1-4 ATS last 5 following an SU loss of 20+, and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 overall.
Georgia Tech Betting Trends:
Yellow Jackets 13-6-1 ATS vs teams with losing records, 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 on grass, 4-10-1 ATS last 15 overall, 2-10-1 ATS in their last 13 after accumulating 200+ rushing yards, and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 after amassing 450+ yards previous game.
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