UMass at Boston College College Football Picks and Predictions 9/1/2018
Saturday, September 1, 2018
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The Boston College Eagles host the UMass Minutemen at Alumni Stadium on Saturday, September 1, 2018. The opening line for this game has Boston College as 20 point favorites. The Eagles had an over/under record of 5-7-1 and they were 8-4-1 against the spread last year. The Minutemen had an ATS record of 6-6-0 while their over/under record was 7-5-0.
Valuable UMass Minutemen Betting Trends
The UMass Minutemen were 7-5-0 against the over/under last season
The UMass Minutemen were 6-6-0 against the spread last year
Important Boston College Eagles Betting Trends
The Boston College Eagles were 5-7-1 against the over/under last season
The Boston College Eagles were 8-4-1 against the spread last year
Key UMass Minutemen Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Boston College Eagles Injuries
07/02/18 QB Anthony Brown Knee is probable Saturday vs Massachusetts
Useful Offensive Statistics
The UMass Minutemen ran for 1,626 yards as a team last year, which ranked 102nd in college football. They ran 418 times, averaging 3.9 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Minutemen were penalized on offense 79 times for 679 yards last season, which had them 57th in the country in penalties. They were 61st in the nation in points scored with 367. They ran 865 plays last season for 5,196 yards, which ranked them 26th in Division 1 in total offense. The Minutemen averaged 6 yards per play, which was 46th in college football. As a team they accumulated a total of 260 1st downs last year, placing them 66th overall as an offensive unit. Andrew Ford averaged 8.3 yards per pass attempt and 9 adjusted yards per throw last season. He completed 223 passes on 353 attempts for a completion percentage of 63.2%. His quarterback rating last year was 151.1. He threw for 2,924 yards.
The Minutemen rush defense allowed 480 attempts for 2,369 yards last year, putting them in 92nd place in D-1 against the run. UMass committed 88 penalties for 872 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 120th in college football. They were 90th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 382. They surrendered a total of 4,853 yards on D, which was 62nd in the country. The Minutemen were ranked 84th in yards per play allowed with 5.8. Opposing offenses completed 194 passes on 364 attempts against the UMass Minutemen defense last season, placing them 22nd and 45th in Division 1. The UMass pass defense also gave up a total of 2,484 yards through the air, which was 29th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The UMass Minutemen attempted 19 field goals last season and made 13, which was 74th in D-1. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 68%. UMass Minutemen kickers made 93% of their extra points, going 42 for 46 last year. Their punters totaled 2,772 yards on 65 punts, averaging 43 yards per punt. That placed them 43rd in Division 1 in punting average. UMass was ranked 80th in the nation in punt returns with 17 last year. They accumulated 79 punt return yards and averaged 4.6 yards per return, which was 110th in college football. They returned 46 kicks for 889 yards on special teams, ranking 38th in kick return yardage. The Minutemen averaged 19 yards per kick return and they were 55th in the country in all-purpose yards with 6,164.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Eagles were 76th in the country in points scored with 334 last season. They ran 985 plays last year for 5,027 yards, which ranked them 108th in Division 1 in total offense. The Boston College Eagles averaged 5.1 yards per play, which was 108th in the nation. As a team they accumulated a total of 246 1st downs last season, ranking them 85th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Boston College ran for 2,865 yards, which ranked 24th in college football. They ran 618 times, averaging 4.6 yards per rush as a unit. The Eagles were penalized on offense 47 times for 387 yards last year, which had them 127th in the country in penalties. Anthony Brown passed for 1,367 yards last year. He completed 134 throws while attempting 258 passes for a completion percentage of 51.9%. His quarterback rating last season was 103.5. He averaged 4.6 adjusted yards per throw and 5.3 yards per pass attempt.
Boston College was 40th in the country in points surrendered on defense with 296 last year. They gave up a total of 4,976 yards on D, which was 70th in D-1. The Eagles were 47th in yards per play allowed with 5.4. Opponent offenses completed 211 throws on 410 attempts against the Boston College defense last season, ranking them 41st and 77th in the nation. The Boston College Eagles pass defense also surrendered a total of 2,491 yards in the air, which was 30th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense gave up 517 attempts for 2,486 yards last season, putting them in 102nd place in the country against the run. The Eagles had 61 penalties for 491 yards on defense last year. That placed them 9th in college football.
Special Teams Stats
Boston College was 18th in the country in punt returns with 27 last season. They totaled 354 punt return yards and averaged 13.1 yards per return, which was 10th in D-1. They returned 43 kicks for 946 yards on special teams, which put them 22nd in kick return yardage. The Boston College Eagles averaged 22 yards per kick return and they were 49th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 6,327. The Eagles tried 20 field goals last year and made 12, which was 92nd in college football. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 60%. Boston College kickers made 93% of their extra points, going 40 for 43 last season. Their punters accumulated 3,114 yards on 78 punts, averaging 40 yards per punt. That ranked them 101st in the NCAA in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Minutemen/Eagles college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Minutemen +20
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