It was just two years ago that the Boston College football team roared out to a 3-0 start, outscoring the opposition 124-31. They entered Week 4 with a home game against Missouri – and won with a walk-off interception in overtime. Since then, BC has gone just 6-16. In 2022, the team went 3-9 in head coach Jeff Hafley’s third season. It’s true that injuries played a role last year, and the school fired their offensive coordinator and their offensive line coach. This time around, Hafley got to hand-pick new assistants, but the team has, so far, lost in overtime to Northern Illinois and barely escaped FCS foe Holy Cross. Things get real this week as the third-ranked Florida State Seminoles come to town to open ACC play. How will things shake out in the NCAA Football Odds? Don’t miss our online betting preview.
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When: Saturday, September 16, 2023, 12:00 pm ET
Where: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, MA
Radio: No National Broadcast
Live Stream: FuboTV
NCAAF Odds: BC +26 / O/U 48 // Florida State -4500 / BC +1550
Why should you bet on the Seminoles?
Seminoles coach Mike Norvell is 13-6 against the spread in his career as a road favorite. Norvell, of course, guided Florida State to a dominant second half in their 45-24 stomping of LSU in Week 1. He finished the 2022 campaign with a win over Oklahoma in the Cheez-It Bowl. Quarterback Jordan Travis looked ready for Sundays in the Seminoles’ win over LSU, going 23 of 31 for 342 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. Travis can also do damage with his legs, and his top receiver is Keon Coleman, who has 12 catches and four touchdowns, averaging 14.2 yards per catch.
On the ground, the Seminoles feature Trey Benson, who had three straight 100+-yard games in 2022 and almost made it to 1,000 yards for the season, earning second-team All-ACC honors. Along with Caziah Holmes and Lawrance Toafili, Benson makes up an imposing trio carrying the ball – and all of them can also catch passes out of the backfield, which will keep linebackers from sneaking up to the line of scrimmage. The team is averaging 0.81 points per play, a number that makes them an elite offense at this point.
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Why should you put your money on the Golden Eagles?
BC was an eight-point favorite to open the season against Northern Illinois, who ended up paying off nicely with a +300 moneyline. The Eagles’ passing attack is particularly worrisome right now, averaging just 4.4 yards per throw. Only 10 passing offenses in the nation have a lower average. Quarterback Thomas Castellanos has four touchdown passes, an interception, and a lost fumble so far this season.
The rushing game is also a problem, averaging just 46 yards per game. Ball security is also an issue as we saw when BC lost to Connecticut while turning the ball over five times but managing only three points. On defense, the Eagles have a huge task ahead of them, as the Seminoles rush for 221 yards per game.
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Final Score and Prediction
Given how poorly the Eagles have played against competition that is, at best, mediocre, the arrival of a possible College Football Playoff contender means that a long day is likely in store. I see Florida State shutting down the BC offense and putting up points at will. I predict a final score of Florida State 55, BC 9 – so take the over as well.
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