After three straight home games, the Boston College Eagles go on the road for the first time since September 19, as they travel to Blacksburg, Virginia, to take on the 23rd-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday evening. The Eagles have played three straight close games, winning by three and one points and losing by four points over the last three weeks. Last Saturday, Boston College went to overtime before coming away with a 31-30 victory over the Pitt Panthers. The Hokies are coming off their first loss of the season, a 56-45 shootout loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels last Saturday.
Boston College is 3-1 against the spread this season after beating Pitt by one point as a 6.5-point underdog. The over/under went over for the first time in an Eagles game season. Virginia Tech is 1-2 against the spread this season, while the total has gone over in all three games. They were a 3.5-point underdog going into their 11-point loss to North Carolina.
(Line movements and injury reports were updated on Saturday Morning.)
The line has moved up in this contest in favor of the hosts. Virginia Tech opened as a 10.5-point favorite but that has climbed during the week to the Hokies -12.5 points as of Saturday morning. 55 percent of the bets ATS are backing Boston College with the points in this contest.
As for the total, there has been a sharp upward movement this week. This game opened with a total of 57.5 points and has rocketed upward as the week has gone on, as it now can be found at 63.5 points. 69 percent of the bets on the number are backing the over in this contest.
Game-time Weather: It's going to be a chilly mid-October evening in the Old Dominion. Temperature at kickoff is expected to be in the mid-40s with mainly clear skies in the forecast. There is no precipitation expected for this contest. As the game (and the night) progresses onward, the temperature will drop into the low-40s. Winds are projected from the southeast at around five miles an hour with the gusts remaining under the 10 mile an hour mark.
Jurkovec goes for career-high in win over PittNotre Dame transferPhil Jurkoveccompleted just 54.3% of his passes on Saturday versus his hometown Pitt Panthers. Still, he threw for a career-high 358 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Boston College Eagles to the overtime win. In the back-and-forth game that featured four lead changes, the Eagles blew a 10-point third-quarter lead, as Pitt tied the game up with a field goal in the final minute of regulation. Jurkovec threw his third touchdown pass on the Eagles first possession in overtime that gave Boston College a seven-point lead after anAaron Boumerhiextra point. The Eagles survived with the win after the Panthers answered with a touchdown but missed the extra point to send the game to a second overtime.
“I just think it goes back to the way we approach practice and the way we approach the game,” head coach Jeff Hafley said onbostonglobe.com. "We don’t coach tight, we don’t play tight, we don’t yell and scream at the players on the sideline during the game and get them all uptight, whether they drop the ball or get a [pass interference].”
Boston College had very little success in the running game in their win, asDavid BaileyandPat Garwo IIIhad 36 yards apiece to lead the Eagles, while Jurkovec had minus-42 yards for a total of 30 yards rushing for the team on 41 carries for a 0.7 yards per carry average.Zay FlowersandHunter Longhad six receptions apiece for 162 and 93 yards, respectively.Josh DeBerryhad the only interception for the Eagles in the game. Boston College outgained Pitt 388-364, while the Eagles gave up just 98 yards rushing for a 2.5 yards per carry average.
Jurkovec, who has three 300-yard games this season, has completed 65.1% of his passes this season for 1,181 yards, eight touchdowns, and just two interceptions. He also has three rushing touchdowns but has been sacked 17 times in four games. The Eagles average only 1.9 yards per carry this season, while Bailey leads the team with 148 yards and a touchdown. Long has been Jurkovec’s top target this season, catching 31 passes for 363 yards, while Flowers has 21 catches for a team-leading 405 yards.
Boston College is averaging 25.8 points per game this season while giving up 20.8 points per game. Their only loss of the season was a 26-22 loss to the then-12th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. The Eagles are averaging 355.5 yards per game, while they are giving up 370 yards per game.
OUT: WR Kobay White
Questionable: WR Justin Bellido, TE Danny Dalton, LB Vinny DePalma, DB Connor Grieco, DL Izaiah Henderson, DB Jio Holmes, DB Deon Jones, RB Travis Levy, TE Hans Lillia, TE Joey Luchetti, LS Tito Pasqualoni, LB Joseph Sparacio, WR Ethon Williams
Second half comeback falls short for HokiesThe Virginia Tech Hokies lost their first game of the season last Saturday, as they gave up 656 yards of total offense and 56 points to the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Tar Heels rushed for 399 yards against the Hokies and 9.3 yards per carry. Virginia Tech fell behind by a score of 35-14 at halftime before a quarterback change gave the Hokies a spark. Hendon Hooker, who was slated to start the season as their starting quarterback before an illness derailed the Hokies’ plans, got his first playing time of the season, leading Virginia Tech to 31 second-half points. Hooker’s first touchdown pass of the game capped off a 23-point third quarter, which cut the deficit to 42-37, but the Hokies could get no closer.
Hooker completed seven of his 13 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns after Braxton Burmeister was just 7-15 for 79 yards in the first half. Khalil Herbert averaged 7.7 yards per carry, as he gained 138 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. Tight end James Mitchell led all pass-catchers with four catches for 103 yards and a touchdown.
“I'm just really proud of the way the guys battled and came back on two separate occasions to close the thing there in the second half,” head coach Justin Fuente said on hokiesports.com. “I'm not into moral victories, but I am proud of how our guys battled in tough spots."
Hooker has been named the starter for Saturday’s game versus Boston College. He completed 61.1% of his passes last season for 1,555 yards, 13 touchdowns, and just two interceptions. Herbert is averaging 10.4 yards per carry, as he leads the team with 449 yards and five touchdowns. As a team, Virginia Tech is averaging 6.5 yards per carry this season. Mitchell (194 yards) and Tayvion Robinson (170 yards) have each caught ten passes this season for the Hokies. Kicker Brian Johnson has been perfect this season, connecting on all 13 extra points and all five field-goal attempts.
Virginia Tech is in the top 10 in both rushing yards and points scored per game. They are third in the country with 299.3 rushing yards per game, while their 42.7 points per game is seventh-best in the NCAA. The Hokies are also 12th in yards per game at 492.3. Virginia Tech is giving up 37 points per game this season.
OUT: LS Enzo Anthony, K Zach Hoban, DB Devon Hunter, WR Jaden Payoute, DB Tyree Rodgers
Questionable: DL Dashawn Crawford, DB Divine Deablo, DL Zion Debose, RB Jalen Hampton, DB Ny'Quee Hawkins, OL T.J. Jackson, RB Keshawn King, DB Brion Murray, LS Oscar Shadley, WR Darryle Simmons, CB Devin Taylor, RB Terius Wheatley, WR Dallan Wright
Trend found on covers.com:
- The Hokies are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games versus Boston College
- The Hokies are 1-4 ATS last 5 overall
- The Hokies are 4-11 ATS last 15 as a favorite.
Boston College is:
- None Available
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Boston College Eagles and the Virginia Tech Hokies have played two teams in common this season, with the Eagles posting much better results in those games. Both teams have beaten the Duke Blue Devils and lost to the North Carolina Tar Heels this season. Boston College has a plus-18 point differential in their games versus Duke and North Carolina, while Virginia Tech has a minus-four point differential. Boston College’s quarterback has three 300-yard games, while Virginia Tech’s quarterback has played just one half of football all season. The Hokies are averaging nearly 300 yards on the ground this year, however, the Eagles are giving up only 134 yards per game rushing. Look for Boston College to key on the run, and contain the Virginia Tech running attack, as they keep the game close throughout.
Prediction: Boston College +12.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Boston College is giving up less than 21 points per game this season. They have given up a total of 32 points to their two common opponents. The Eagles have a horrible running game, and even though their quarterback has played great this season, it’s not enough to propel their offense to a big point total. It took overtime to get their first 30-point game of the season last week. Boston College is averaging less than 26 points per game this season. The Hokies will not be able to run the ball like they have the rest of the season, so look for them to be held below their average of 42.7 points per game in this one.
Prediction: Under 64