Boston College Eagles vs. Louisville Cardinals - 11/5/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisville Cardinals (7-1) at Boston College Eagles (4-4)
College Football: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Alumni Stadium)
The Line: Boston College Eagles +24.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Coming up in ACC action in Week 10 of the college football season, the Louisville Cardinals will visit the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill on Saturday, November 5.
Louisville comes into this one cruising with a nice 7-1 record on the season. The Cardinals’ latest victory came this past Saturday against Virginia 32-25. In that one, Louisville QB Lamar Jackson drove the offense 75 yards to a game-winning touchdown with 13 seconds left. Jackson would finish with with a whopping 361 yards and four touchdowns on 24-of-41 passing, while also leading Louisville in rushing with 17 carries for 88 yards. Jamari Staples was the Cardinals’ leading receiver with seven grabs for 120 yards and a score.
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So far this season for Louisville, Jackson is 158-of-271 for 2522 yards and 22 touchdowns, and is also tops in the running game with 147 carries for 996 yards and 16 more scores. Staples is the leading receiver for the Cardinals this year, bagging 29 catches for 546 yards and two touchdowns.
Over on the Boston College side, they’re entering play here with a 4-4 record on the season, but did managed a win over North Carolina State in their last outing 21-14. In that one, the Eagles snapped a 12-game ACC losing streak thanks to a solid rushing effort from Jon Hillman (20 carries; 74 yards) and Jeff Smith (five carries; 70 yards; TD). Boston College QB Patrick Towles went 18-of-33 for 204 yards and a pick, while Tommy Sweeney caught five balls for 78 yards and a TD.
So far this year, Towles is 88-of-107 with 1147 yards and a 7:5 TD:INT ratio for Boston College, while Hillman leads the team in rushing with 119 carries for 411 yards and five scores. Smith is the top guy for the Eagles in receiving with 18 catches for 284 yards and three TDs.
Louisville is 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games on field turf and 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight road games. Louisville is also 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games overall, and the over is 7-0 in the Cardinals’ last seven November games.
Meanwhile, Boston College is 2-6 ATS in their last eight games on field turf, and 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight conference games. Boston College is also 1-7-2 ATS in their last 10 home games, and 0-4 ATS in their last four games following an ATS win.
There’s really not much doubt that Louisville will win this game; the question becomes how large the margin will be. The Cardinals have scored at least 24 points in every game this season, and there seems to be no stopping Jackson and his crew. Conversely, Boston College has just 51 points in their last three games combined and probably won’t be able to keep up on any level. I’ll take Louisville to cover.