Pinstripe Bowl: Boston College vs. Penn State Free Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 12/23/2014
Saturday, December 27, 4:30 PM on ESPN
Yankee Stadium in Bronx
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On Saturday, the solid rushing attack of the Boston College Eagles (7-5) will be facing the tough defense of the Penn State Nittany Lions (6-6) in the Pinstripe Bowl. The Eagles ended up in fourth place in the ACC Atlantic this year, while the Nittany Lions were a disappointing sixth in the Big Ten East.
In their final regular season game, Boston College was able to easily defeat Syracuse 28-7 at home. Their defense was very good in that win, holding Syracuse to just 128 total yards.
The Eagles will be going into their bowl game as the 15-best rushing team in the country by averaging 251.8 rushing yards per game. Quarterback Tyler Murphy has 1,526 passing yards, 1,079 rushing yards and 21 total touchdowns this season. Running back Jon Hilliman has 712 rushing yards with a team-high 12 touchdowns.
Penn State's regular season finale was against highly-ranked Michigan State, who came into town and beat them 34-10. The Nittany Lions were just 6-for-16 on their third down opportunities in that loss and only ended up with 233 total yards of offense.
The Nittany Lions currently have the eighth-best defense in the nation by only allowing their opponents to score 17.7 points per game against them. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg has not had a very good season, throwing for 2,606 yards with eight touchdown passes and 15 interceptions.
Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Trends
Penn State Nittany Lions are 5-6-1 Against the Spread
Penn State Nittany Lions are 5-7-0 against the Over/Under
Boston College Eagles Betting Trends
Boston College Eagles are 8-4-0 Against the Spread
Boston College Eagles are 3-7-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
Penn State Nittany Lions
12/07/14 LB Brandon Bell Shoulder "?" Saturday vs Boston College
10/29/14 FS Ryan Keiser Internal out for season
10/27/14 RB Zach Zwinak Leg out for season
08/11/14 RE Adam Breneman Knee out indefinitely
08/02/14 LB Ben Kline Achilles out for season
Boston College Eagles
12/07/14 CB John Johnson Wrist "?" Saturday vs Penn State
10/25/14 DB Bryce Jones Dismissed has been dismissed
10/17/14 WR Drew Barksdale Hamstring out indefinitely
10/17/14 OG Harris Williams Ankle out for season
10/07/14 DT Mehdi Abdesmad Knee out for season
08/26/14 WR Bobby Swigert Knee out indefinitely
08/26/14 WR Harrison Jackson Chest out indefinitely
08/26/14 LB Tim Joy Knee out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Penn State
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