Boston College Eagles vs Duke Blue Devils Prediction, 9/19/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston College Eagles vs Duke Blue Devils
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Location: Wallace Wade Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: Boston College (+4.5)
Chase Brice and the Duke Blue Devils host the Boston College Eagles at Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday, September 19, 2020. Boston College opens this game as 4.5-point underdogs. The total opens at 50.5.
In their last game of 2019, the Boston College Eagles took on the Cincinnati Bearcats and left there with a loss by a score of 38-6. Leading the way at QB for the Eagles was Dennis Grosel who went 8/17 with 87 yards by way of passing but wasn't able to throw a ball for a TD. He walked away with no picks. David Bailey paced the team on the ground for the game. He had a long run of 11 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He racked up a total of 28 yards by way of 8 carries which meant he was running for 3.5 yards per tote. Hunter Long was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 45 yards on 2 receptions. He averaged 22.5 yards per reception for the game.
The Eagles step onto the field after holding a record of 6-7 last season. They were in the middle of the pack in regard to scoring in the nation averaging 29 points per contest, putting them 65th in Division 1. As a team, they had an average of 254.2 rushing yards per game which was 1st in the ACC. For total yardage, they ranked 5th in the ACC and 42nd in Division 1 with 5,593 yards. They were a team that had the capability to score points in the ACC and I wouldn't expect things to change too much in this game.
The Eagles had one of the worst defenses in the nation giving up 32.2 points per game, putting them 12th in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 100th in Division 1. When it comes to yards through the air, the Eagles allowed 2,288 yards. Opponents completed 65.1% of the passes they threw against them and averaged 8.1 yards per try. In terms of yards on the ground, Boston College allowed 193.2 yards per contest which had them at 11th in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 99th in the country. Opposing teams ran for an average of 4.8 yards per carry which had them at 11th in the conference and 97th in the country overall. Overall, they conceded 2,512 yards rushing through 13 contests.
Last the Duke Blue Devils faced the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and were on the losing end of this game by a score of 27-13. Deon Jackson led the team on the ground in this contest. He broke a long run for 12 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on this day. He rushed for 52 yards by way of 15 carries which had him averaging 3.5 yards per tote. Eli Pancol was the receiving yardage leader with a total of 78 yards on 3 receptions. He notched an average of 26.0 yards per reception in this contest. Running the show from under center for the Blue Devils was Chase Brice who went 20/37 with 259 yards by way of passing but wasn't able to throw a ball for a TD. He ended the game with no interceptions.
The Blue Devils come into this matchup after finishing 2019 with a record of 5-7. Duke needed to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 150.3 yards per game, ranking them 78th in Division 1. As a team, they compiled a total of 1,804 rushing yards through 12 contests, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the nation. The Blue Devils averaged 329.7 yards per contest overall which had them at 115th in the country and 13th in the ACC. In discussing their scoring prowess, the Blue Devils sat at 11th in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 92nd out of all the teams in the country with an average of 25.3 points per game.
The Blue Devils gave up 29.2 points per game ranking them 9th in the conference and 76th in the nation. Their passing defense was one of the elite units in Division 1. They gave up 199 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Blue Devils ranked 3rd in the ACC. In discussing points allowed, they gave up 350 total points. In terms of yards on the ground, they allowed 180.8 yards per game which put them at 86th in college football and 10th in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Last year they conceded a total of 2,170 rushing yards.
Who will win tonight's Eagles/Blue Devils college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Eagles +4.5
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