UMass Minutemen (0-0) vs Boston College Eagles (0-0)Date : 09/01/2018
Time : 1:00 PM ET
Location : BC Alumni Stadium
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
UMass Minutemen vs Boston College Eagles
The Eagles will welcome the Minutemen to BC Alumni Stadium to play in the season opener on Saturday. These two teams last met on 2016 where Boston came up on top winning 26-7 on the road. Minutemen come in off a 63-15 win over Duquesne, while the Eagles will be playing their first game of the year.
UMass Minutemen's Latest Performance :
The UMass is coming off an impressive season opener as they took down Duquesne by a score of 63-15. They will have to get off to a good start after ending the season with a record 4-8 last season. They will now take on the Eagles who are a completely different team if you compared them to Duquesne. They will have to figure out a way through a very tough defensive line. Andrew Ford was good for 186 yards and two touchdowns in a game while connecting on his 13 of his 19 passes on his first game. The UMass rely on their air attack for most of their offensive production, tossing the ball for 297.5 yards per contest. It will be put into test since they are going up against a great defense like the Eagles. It is always great to see what the team has been working on summer against a real team.
Boston College Eagles's Latest Performance :
The Eagles finished their 2017 campaign with a record of 7-6 and they did that with their defense. It was a good season but they felt like they could have done more. This will be the team’s main priority coming into this season. The Eagles will have 10 returning starters they will likely put up big numbers on the board. The Eagles offensive line is ranked 5th best in the ACC. The team defense will have to show up after UMass put up 63 points in their opening game of the season. The Eagles will be looking to improve their team offense with Anthony Brown leading the charge, he threw 1367 yards with 11 TDs and nine INTs as a freshman last year and should have a much better second season. AJ Dillon is coming with 1589 yards and four TDs last year his numbers will likely go up since the team will be relying on his running game this season. The Eagles are ranked 85th in the nation in total offense (386.7 ypg) last season. The Eagles will have a much improved offensive game and with a defense that could potentially be the dark horse in the ACC division this season.
How UMass Minutemen & Boston College Eagles Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Eagles are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Minutemen are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
Against The Spread Selection: Boston College Eagles -18.5
My reason for the pick :
It will be hard for the Minutemen to put up 63 points again against a very strong defense like the Eagles. The Eagles will come out storming in their season opener and put on a show for their fans in attendance. Boston will likely be running the ball a lot as they will find a way through the UMass defense. With 10 starters returning to the team I have to give the edge to Boston beating out UMass at home. It will be a wake-up call for UMass, after cruising through their season opener they will struggle to score against the Eagles defense on the road.
Betting trends for UMass Minutemen:
- Minutemen are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game.
Betting trends for Boston College Eagles:
- Eagles are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.