Week 2 – Holy Cross at Boston College
Spread: Boston College -10.5 (-110) -- Over/Under Points: 54 -- Moneyline: BC (-110) HC (-110)
This Saturday, September 9, the Boston College Eagles square off against the Holy Cross Crusaders (HC). The last time the interstate matchup took place between Holy Cross and Boston College was in 2018. The Eagles won that game 62-14 led by three first quarter scores by AJ Dillon. The Eagles were then, and still should be, the better team, but Holy Cross is however much improved. Last week Boston College was upset in overtime and Holy Cross scored 28 unanswered points to complete their comeback. Betting Lines didn't come out until this morning so I apologize for the delay in getting this out.
Boston College Offense:
We have a quarterback controversy at Boston College, which makes it hard to bet on the Eagles. You just don't know what you are going to get at the quarterback position after what we saw week one. Emmett Morehead started the game, but was quickly yanked for dual-threat quarterback Thomas Castellanos. Castellanos looked pretty good and was clearly the better quarterback in that game, but we really didn't see much of Morehead. Pat Garwo and Alex Broome didn't get much going on the ground behind the revamped offensive line. The wide receiving group lacked effort, hands and route running in week one. No one wideout stood out, but Lewis Bond did seem to connect well with Castellanos as they hooked up for a score late in the second half. The offense as a whole didn't impress outside of Castellanos showing us he can ball.
Boston College Defense:
Last week the BC let up 27 points to seventh year quarterback Rocky Lombardi and the NIU Huskies. The run defense needs improvement as the Eagles let up 179 yards on the ground including three touchdowns. The Huskies did run it a whopping 48 times in their week 1 game, averaging 3.5 yards per carry. The Crusaders are a running team so the BC defense needs to step up in this regard. Vinny DePamla was crucial to the BC defense piling up 12 tackles in the game, nothing new here he is a beast. Neto Okpala was the stat star of the game racking up two tackles for a loss including a sack and a forced fumble. The Huskies passing offense threw 29 times completing 14 passes for 172 yards and 1 touchdown, an average performance at best. Overall the defense committed costly penalties and let up far too many points if they expect to win football games in the ACC.
Holy Cross Offense:
The Crusaders mounted a comeback victory against their week one opponent Merrimack winning by a final score of 42-20. Holy Cross ran it 34 times for 242 yards and 4 touchdowns. Senior quarterback Matthew Sluka was responsible for 14 of those rushes gaining 105 yards on the ground. Sluka passed it 14 times completing 9 of throws that totaled 190 yards for two touchdowns and one interception. The offense was flawless operating behind Sluka outside the one turnover. Junior running Back Jordan Fuller was a scoring machine racking up five touchdowns on 13 carries for 120 yards and 1 catch for 14 yards. Boston College will have their hands full Saturday afternoon handling quarterback Matthew Sluka and running back Jordan Fuller.
Holy Cross Defense:
Fifth year lineback Jacob Dobbs leads the Holy Cross defense that let up 20 points in week one. Dobbs led the team with 21 tackles and two quarterback hits. The Crusaders defense racked up three sacks and three pass breakups in week one. The defense was on the field most of the game as Merrickmack had the ball for 38 minutes compared to Holy Cross who controlled possession for 19 minutes. The defense for Holy Cross let up 203 yards on the ground and 176 yards through the air. The two touchdowns they let up were both on the ground. The Eagles should look to run the ball against the Crusaders and take advantage as Merimack did.
Holy Cross is 6-2 against the spread (ATS) in the last 8 games. Boston College is 4-11 ATS in the last 15 games.
The over hit 3 of the past 5 games for Holy Cross. The over hit 4 of the last 5 games for Boston College.
My prediction is 28-24 Boston College Wins. If Boston College loses this game it will be their first ever loss to a FCS opponent. I don't think we will see that here, but the Eagles have given me every reason to not trust them.
Holy Cross +10.5
Boston College Moneyline
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