Clemson is coming into this game against Boston College after a big win against NC State last week. Boston College, on the other hand, also won last week, with a very close win against Louisville. This matchup could be interesting for a letdown spot. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!
Clemson vs. Boston College Odds
Clemson is a 20.5-point road favorite against Boston College and is at -1500 on the money line. The over/under is also set at 50. Clemson being favored by 20.5 makes a lot of sense because they look like the best team in the ACC right now, especially after beating NC State last week. Boston College has been inconsistent by comparison. The total also makes sense because Clemson’s offense is rolling and the oddsmakers are banking on a Clemson blowout. Don’t be surprised if this spread moves up higher than where it’s at right now.
Clemson vs. Boston College Prediction
The Pick: Clemson -20.5
Clemson made a statement the last two weeks in different ways. Against Wake Forest, DJ Uiagalelei proved he’s here to stay as the Clemson starting quarterback. Against NC State, Clemson as a team proved they are still the team to beat in the ACC. Those two performances back-to-back are the biggest reason to have faith in Clemson right now, and the first team since those two games is Boston College. The offense for Clemson seems to be humming more than it has been all year. The Tigers are averaging 41 points and 438 yards a game so far on the season. That’s on top of them also having one of the best defenses in the entire country.
The Eagles had a lot to like before the season, but something seems like it hasn’t clicked up to this point. The offense was supposed to be a bright spot with Phil Jurkovec returning at quarterback, but they are only passing for 240 yards a game up to this point, while also only averaging 23 points a game. He’s been having to do a lot because the running game has been non-existent, with them averaging 77 yards on the ground. An offense that has been struggling like they have gets a terrible matchup to try and continue improving with Clemson’s great defense. The Boston College defense will also have its hands full with Clemson too. Take the Tigers here, there’s too much to like with them overall compared to Boston College.
Clemson vs. Boston College Key Matchups
Can Boston College contain Will Shipley at all? Will Phil Jurkovec be able to do anything against this Clemson defense?
Will Shipley vs the Boston College Front Seven
Will Shipley has been the key to Clemson’s offense and what makes them go. He has 66 carries, 413 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. His best game was against Louisiana Tech, when he rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Shipley’s workload will definitely be upped this week because Boston College allows 154 yards on the ground. Shipley’s now even more dangerous because DJ Uiagalelei has grown through the season to being a very confident quarterback through the air. Shipley’s running ability will need to be respected by teams, while also having to account for DJ Uiagalelei through the air. This matchup is key for Boston College being able to stay in the game.
Phil Jurkovec vs the Clemson Secondary
Phil Jurkovec has been having an inconsistent year so far. He has 1,147 passing yards and also 10 touchdowns to six interceptions on the year. He also has a 64% completion percentage. Jurkovec has had to take on a bigger role than normal because the Boston College running game has struggled a lot. His best game was against Louisville last week when he passed for 304 yards. The Clemson passing defense has allowed 263 yards through the air so far with Wake Forest being their worst game. They gave up 337 passing yards and six passing touchdowns. Clemson’s biggest defensive strength is it’s front seven, but for the Eagles to have a chance, Jurkovec needs to have a decent game against this secondary.
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