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Spread: BC -13.5
M/L: BC -525; WAK +405
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The Boston College Eagles are 4-3 on the season but just 1-2 in ACC play. That conference record is due to improve according to college football odds which place the Eagles as 13.5 point favorites over lowly Wake Forest.
The Eagles have already faced powerhouse Florida State on Oct. 4, losing 43-3 in an embarrassing game. The loss seemed to carry over to Oct. 18, as Boston College fell 30-7 to Syracuse. The losses have rendered the Eagles with some deceptively bad stats, because removing the Florida State game, the Eagles have allowed 21.6 points per game. Including the FSU debacle leaves BC with a 24.9 average against opposing offense.
The losses to Florida State and Utah State on Sept. 13, have rendered the offensive stats to be poor. The Eagles rank 115th in passing yardage and 128th in rushing yardage. But this is not a bad team. It is a team that could improve vastly, though the rest of the schedule is exceedingly tough, with No. 21 Clemson visiting on Nov. 6, and tough games against conference foes NC State, Virginia Tech and season closer Duke.
QB John Wolford can take much of the blame. Despite throwing for 1,135 yards, he’s only averaging 5.4 yards per reception and has thrown seven TDs to 12 INTs. No rusher averages more than four yards per carry, and the Eagles have scored just one rushing TD this season, by Isaiah Robinson who averages just 2.1 yards per carry as a third down and red zone specialist.
Wolford has thrown at least one interception every game, and he had three in the 20-10 loss to Louisville. In four of the Eagles seven games, he’s had a QB rating of 90 or less. For BC to win, that number really has to be in the 120s or greater. He left last week with a concussion but is expected to play this week.
Wake Forest’s offense has been dreadful. The Demon Deacons rank near the bottom of all major offensive categories, and even a decent defense hasn’t been enough to keep Wake in games while the offense puts up an average of just 14.4 points per game. Wake has lost three straight games to Louisville, Florida State and Syracuse, and faces No. 21 Clemson next week