The Boston College Eagles on Saturday will look to open their college football season with a win for a fourth consecutive year when they battle the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets across the Atlantic Ocean as three-point underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Boston College has nowhere to go but up after going 3-9 in 2015, and it’ll be searching for its first win against an ACC opponent since 2014 in Saturday morning’s Yellow Jackets vs. Eagles betting matchup at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.
The Eagles dropped all eight of their conference matchups last season, going 3-5 against the spread, including ATS losses in each of their final three contests. Following such a brutal year, it’s no surprise they’re currently set as a distant +6600 wager on the odds to win the ACC championship.
Offense proved to be a massive problem for the Eagles in 2015, as they averaged just 17.2 points per game — a statistic that includes a 76-0 rout of FCS Howard.
The Eagles’ offensive woes were complicated by the loss of starting quarterback Darius Wade to a season-ending ankle injury in a 14-0 loss to Florida State in Week 3, which was followed by a 1-9 SU run during which they reached 17 points on just three occasions.
Wade is ready to return to action but faces competition for the starter’s job from senior Patrick Towles, who threw for 2,148 yards with nine touchdowns with Kentucky last season, while tossing 14 interceptions.
Defense was Boston College’s upside in 2015. The Eagles held opponents to a nation-best 254 total yards per game while surrendering just 15.3 points per game.
The combination of toothless offense and dominant defense turned out to be a boon for bettors regularly taking the UNDER, which went 10-2 in Eagles’ games last year. Meanwhile, total points topped 37 just once in their last 10 games, according to the OddsShark College Football Database.
Georgia Tech also is a squad on the rebound after finishing dead last in the ACC Coastal with a 1-7 SU record, 3-9 overall, last season.
The Yellow Jackets were particularly bad away from Bobby Dodd Stadium, going 0-5 SU and ATS on the road last season, and are winless SU and ATS in their last six games as favorites. But Georgia Tech holds the edge in recent meetings with the Eagles, claiming SU and ATS wins in their past two matchups, including a 37-17 blowout four years ago.
In other notable ACC action on the opening weekend of the college football season, defending conference champion Clemson battles Auburn as 7 1/2-point chalk, North Carolina hosts Georgia as 3 1/2-point underdogs and the Seminoles welcome Ole Miss on Monday as 4 1/2-point favorites.
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