Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Boston College Eagles - 11/1/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston College Eagles (5-3) at Virginia Tech Hokies (4-4)
College Football: Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm (Lane Stadium)
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -3.5 -- Over/Under: 42 See the Latest Odds
The Boston College Eagles travel to Virginia Tech to play the Hokies on Saturday afternoon.
Boston College improved to 5-3 on the year after beating Wake Forest 23-17 on the road last weekend. The Eagles have knocked off UMass, USC, Maine, NC State, while losing to Pittsburgh, Colorado State, and Clemson this season. Against Wake Forest, the Eagles gained 367 total yards while holding the Demon Deacons to only 261 total yards. On the year, the Boston College defense ranks 13th in points against, allowing an average of only 18.8 points per game. QB Tyler Murphy completed 11 of 15 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown against Wake Forest. Murphy also rushed for 77 yards in the win. WR David Dudeck caught a team-high 3 passes for 58 yards. The player of the game was RB Jon Hilliman, who rushed 20 times for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns. On the year, the Eagles offense is averaging only 26.8 points per game, which ranks 87th in the country. Boston College ranks 11th in rushing yards, averaging 277 yards per game. This will be the Eagles forth road game of the year; Boston College is a perfect 3-0 this season.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies dropped to 4-4 on the season after losing to Miami at home last week. The Hokies have lost four of their last six games, including losses to East Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Pittsburgh. Virginia Tech allowed 456 total yards against Miami last Thursday in the loss. On the season, the Hokies defense is allowing an average of 21.3 points per game, which ranks 28th in the country. Against Miami, the Hokies gained only 262 total yards and turned the ball over 3 times. QB Michael Brewer completed 13 of 20 passes for only 80 yards. WR Sam Rogers led all receivers with 3 catches for 47 yards. RB Marshawn Williams played well, finishing with 100 yards on 21 carries. The Hokies are averaging 25.6 points per game on the year, which ranks 92nd in the country. Virginia Tech will be hosting their sixth game of the year; the Hokies are 2-3 at home this season.
Virginia Tech has won five of the last six meetings against Boston College. However, the Eagles knocked off the Hokies 34-27 last season at home. Virginia Tech will be fired up after getting destroyed by the Hurricanes last week. The Hokies will also have some extra time to prepare for the Eagles. Boston College did not play their best game last week and I think they will be focused for this matchup. Hilliman should have a big day against an average Virginia Tech defense. I think this will be a close game and last team with the ball may win the game. I’m going to take the points with the Eagles.