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NC State Wolfpack vs. Boston College Eagles - 10/29/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston College Eagles (3-4) at NC State Wolfpack (4-3)

College Football: Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 12:30 pm (Carter-Finley Stadium)

The Line: NC State Wolfpack -15.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Headed our way in Week 9 ACC college football action on Saturday, October 29 from Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, the Boston College Eagles will be visiting the North Carolina State Wolfpack. 

Boston College enters play here with a 3-4 record, and they’re fresh off a 28-20 loss to Syracuse in their last outing. In that game, Eagles QB Patrick Towles had a forgettable day in that one, going 4-of-14 for 45 yards and an interception, but he did lead the team in rushing with 10 carries, 104 yards and a TD. Michael Walker was Boston College’s leader on a lackluster receiving day with three catches for 40 yards. 

NC State Wolfpack vs. Boston College Eagles - 10/29/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction


So far on the season, Towles is 70-of-144 for 942 yards and a 7:4 TD:INT ratio for the Eagles, while Jon Hillman leads the team in rushing with 99 carries for 337 yards and five scores. Jeff Smith is Boston College’s lead receiver on 15 catches for 259 yards and three TDs. 

Over on the North Carolina State side, they’re entering this week with a 4-3 record on the year, following a 54-13 blowout loss to Louisville in their last appearance. In that game, Wolfpack QB Ryan Finley went 16-of-31 for 236 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. NC State could get nothing going on the ground, with Johnny Frasier leading the way on six carries and 15 yards. Maurice Trowell was the Wolfpack’s lead receiver with one 70-yard TD catch. 

On the year, Finley sits at 125-of-199 for 1508 yards and an 11:4 TD:INT mark, while Matthew Dayes leads the NC State rushing attack on 125 carries for 682 yards and four scores. Stephen Louis is the Wolfpack’s lead receiver so far this year with 19 catches for 407 yards and one TD. 

The Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games versus a team with a winning home record, and 14-4-1 ATS in their last 19 games following an ATS loss. Boston College is also 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall, and 0-6-1 ATS in their last seven conference games. 

Meanwhile, North Carolina State is 4-0 ATS in their last four home games, and 4-0 ATS in their last four games on grass. North Carolina State is also 4-1 ATS in their last fie games overall, and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 home games versus a team with a losing road record. 

There’s not a whole lot to get excited about here if you’re not a fan of either team. That said, Boston College has scored at least 20 points in four of their seven outings this season, and North Carolina State has just 40 points scored in their last three games combined. I see this as a relatively low-scoring affair, and if Boston College can control the afternoon with their running game, I can see the Eagles coming out on top.

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