The AdvoCare V100 Bowl: Arizona Wildcats vs. Boston College Eagles Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/31/13
Boston College Eagles (7-5) at Arizona Wildcats (7-5)
College Football: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:30 pm (Independence Stadium)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -7 -- Over/Under: 57.5 See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Two of the nation’s best running backs—Andre Williams and Ka’Deem Carey—take center stage when Boston College meets Arizona in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl Tuesday from Shreveport, Louisiana.
The Breakdown: Boston College opened 2013 taking its first two games before back to back losses at USC and #8 Florida State. The Eagles would follow with losses in two of their next three, including a narrow 24-14 defeat at #3 Clemson, before going on a four game winning streak that gave way to a stunning 34-31 loss to Syracuse in the closing seconds of the season finale.
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Andre Williams (2,102 YDs, 17 TDs), the nation’s top rusher and Heisman Trophy finalist, carried Boston College to seven wins and picked up the Doak Walker award for college football’s best running back in the process. Williams, who tallied just the 16th 2,000 yard rushing season in college football history, hopes to carry this Boston College team just a little bit further Monday to its first postseason victory in six years. Unsurprisingly, the Eagles rank 20th in the country in rushing yards at 218.1 per contest. Senior QB Chase Rettig has thrown the ball sparingly, but has completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 1,804 yards and 17 touchdowns when he has. His top target is senior WR Alex Amidon (67 REC, 903 YDs, 5 TDs). Defensively, Boston College owns the 73rd-ranked scoring defense in the nation, allowing 27.8 points per contest and senior DE Kasim Edebali (65 Tackles, 9.5 Sacks) is this unit’s standout.
Arizona, meanwhile, opened its season with three straight wins before dropping consecutive games to 20th-ranked Washington and USC, then following with another three-game winning streak that featured decisive double-digit victories over Utah, Colorado and Cal. The Wildcats would drop three of their last four, including losses to #19 UCLA and #12 Arizona State with the highlight a 42-16 upset of then #5 Oregon.
Junior RB Ka’Deem Carey (1,716, 17 TDs), the Pac-12 offensive player of the year, was the nation’s 6th most prolific rusher this season. Just like Williams, Carey’s production was the primary reason for the Wildcats’ success this as well as their 11th-ranked ground game at 265.8 yards per contest. Senior QB B.J. Denker (2,241 YDs, 14 TDs, 7 INTs) led the nation’s 98th-ranked passing game at 186.8 yards and its 41st-ranked scoring offense at 32.8 points per. Denker’s top receiver is freshman WR Nate Phillips (42 REC, 503 YDs, 7 TDs). Defensively, Arizona ranks 45th nationally in scoring defense, allowing 24.7 points per.
Rick’s Pick: Arizona State is currently a 7-point favorite in this matchup with a 57.5 point total. The RB edge goes to Williams and BC, but Arizona had a slightly more productive passing game this season by about 36 yards a game. Williams and Carey are sure to be keyed on so QB play could be a factor, but big numbers are unliklely. The under looks like the play.
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