Boston College Eagles vs East Carolina Pirates Prediction, 12/27/2021 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Boston College Eagles vs East Carolina Pirates
Date: Monday, December 27, 2021
Location: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD
Odds/Point Spread: Pirates (+3.5)
The East Carolina Pirates (7-5) are welcoming the Boston College Eagles (6-6) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Monday in the Military Bowl Presented by Peraton. Boston College opens as 3.5-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under has been set at 49.5.
The Boston College Eagles head into this game 6-6 this season. In their last contest, the Eagles faced the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and went home with a loss by a final score of 41-10. Phil Jurkovec connected on 3/11 with 19 yards through the air and 1 TD. He had a quarterback rating of 35.4 and ended the game with 2 interceptions. Phil Jurkovec was the rushing leader for the Eagles with 11 attempts for 66 yards (6.0 yards per attempt). Overall, they tallied 41 plays which gave them a total of 182 yards. The Boston College Eagles ended up running the ball 29 times and compiled 163 yds, earning them an average of 5.6 yards per carry. On the ground, the Eagles gave up 177 yards on 54 attempts, which is an average of 3.3 yards per run allowed. Boston College conceded 20 pass completions on 32 attempts for 236 yards, and a completion rate of 62.5%.
The Eagles have earned 4,196 total yards for the season. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, Boston College has totaled 13 passing touchdowns and 22 rushing touchdowns. They have turned the ball over 17 times. Boston College has tallied 232 1st downs offensively, and they have been flagged for 64 penalties for 592 yds. As a unit they're maintaining an average of 167.0 yards via the ground game ranking this team at 61st in the country. Regarding scoring points, the Boston College Eagles have an average of 24.7 PPG.
The Eagles are ranked 34th in college football concerning team defense, giving up 22.2 points per game. The opposition is running for 4.5 yards per rush and 170.8 yards on the ground per game on the campaign. In total, they have conceded 2,050 running yards through 12 games. Concerning yards through the air, the Eagles are allowing 2,082 yards which ranks them 2nd in the nation. They have allowed 173.5 yards per contest via the pass in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 57.8%. For the season, they are conceding 344.3 yards per contest which ranks them 35th in college football. They have yielded 14 touchdowns via the pass and 16 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Pirates head into this game 7-5 for this season. In their last game, the Pirates walked away with a loss by a score of 35-13 against the Cincinnati Bearcats. Holton Ahlers (1 touchdown) ended the game with 228 yds on 19/38 passing while his quarterback rating was 103.8. He threw 1 interception and his average yards per attempt was 6.0. Keaton Mitchell carried the ball 17 times for 55 yds, ending the game with 3.2 yards per carry for East Carolina. The Pirates finished the game with a total of 282 yards on 77 plays (3.7 yds per play). East Carolina ran the ball for 1.4 yds per carry, totaling 54 yards on 38 attempts. East Carolina gave up 36 rushing attempts for 143 yards (4.0 yards per rush). The Pirates pass defense gave up a completion percentage of 60.7%, relinquishing 301 yards on 17 for 28 through the air.
The East Carolina Pirates have an average of 432.7 yards/outing, which has them sitting 38th in D-1. The East Carolina offense has totaled 592 yards of penalties on 64 violations, which has them sitting 95th in the country in terms of helping out the opposition. For the year to this point, the Pirates have compiled 3,252 yards through the air as well as an average of 271.0 passing yards per game, which ranks 23rd in college football. Concerning their scoring prowess, the Pirates are sitting 56th in the nation with an average of 29.7 points per game.
The Pirates are giving up 26.3 points per contest, ranking them 67th in the nation. East Carolina has given up a total of 1,954 yards via the ground game (162.8 yards per game) and 20 touchdowns via the rush on the campaign. Over the course of the season, they have relinquished 316 points in total. They have given up 17 touchdowns through the air and 231.2 yards per outing, which puts them in 71st in the country. The Pirates defense has been on the field for 790 plays, ranking them 29th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Eagles/Pirates college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Eagles -3.5
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