Pittsburgh Panthers at Boston College Eagles CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/5/14
Pittsburgh Panthers (1-0) at Boston College Eagles (1-0)
College Football: Friday, September 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Alumni Stadium)
The Line: Boston College Eagles +4 -- Over/Under: 49 See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Panthers and Boston College Eagles play Friday night at Alumni Stadium.
The Pittsburgh Panthers are coming off a 62-0 win over the Delaware Fightin Blue Hens. The Panthers absolutely dominated that game, as James Conner rushed for 153 yards and four touchdowns, leading the way as Pitt rushed for more than 400 yards as a team. Chad Voytik needed to only complete 10 passes for 84 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Pittsburgh Panthers offense overall racked up more than 500 yards and took a 42-0 lead heading into halftime. Defensively, Pittsburgh allowed only 57 yards, five first downs and held the Fightin Blue Hens to 1-11 on third down attempts. Ryan Lewis led Pittsburgh with six tackles and Matt Galambos was one of three players with an interception in the victory. Needless to say, the Panthers began the season with a bang regardless of the competition.
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The Boston College Eagles beat the Massachusetts Minutemen by a score of 30-7. Florida transfer Tyler Murphy looked sharp in his debut, passing for 173 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 118 yards and a touchdown. Murphy was pretty much Boston College’s entire offense and gives the Eagles a much needed playmaker heading into the heart of the 2014 schedule. Overall, Boston College had 511 total yards, 27 first downs and averaged 5.5 yards per carry on the ground. Defensively, Boston College held the Minutemen to 202 yards, nine first downs and just 55 yards on the ground. Sean Duggan led the Eagles with eight tackles and Justin Simmonscame away with his second career interception.
The Panthers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 17-8 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 conference games. The home team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Pittsburgh is a grind it out football team that is going to put a lot of pressure on Boston College to make the most of its drives. I'm not confident in Murphy to make enough plays agaginst a decent defense, as I've seen him in Florida and wasn't impressed. Pitt wins and covers the low number.