Boston College Eagles (3-4) at Virginia Cavaliers (5-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 12:30 pm (Scott Stadium)
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers -7 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Down at Scott Stadium on Saturday, the Boston College Eagles and the Virginia Cavaliers will be clashing in ACC college football action.
Boston College comes into this one with a 3-4 record, losing to Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Clemson and Virginia Tech while beating Louisville, Central Michigan and Northern Illinois. In that Cardinal game, Boston College QB Anthony Brown went just 5-of-17 for 100 yards, a TD and a pick, but AJ Dillon picked up the slack on the ground for 39 carries, 272 yards and four touchdowns.
On the season, Brown has 1009 yards, seven touchdowns and eight picks, and Dillon leads the Eagles with 127 carries, 608 yards and six TDs on the ground. Kobay White is Boston College’s top receiver with 21 catches for 228 yards.
As for Virginia, they’re sitting at 5-1 on the year with a loss to Indiana being their only blemish. Otherwise the Cavs have beaten William & Mary, UConn, Boise State, Duke and North Carolina. In that Tar Heels game, Virginia QB Kurt Benkert put up 249 yards and two scores, while Jordan Ellis helped out on the ground with 27 carries for 136 yards.
So far this year, Benkert has 1680 yards, 15 touchdowns and three picks, while Ellis has 130 carries, 544 yards and five touchdowns to lead Virginia in rushing. Tops for the Cavaliers in receiving is Olamide Zaccheaus, with his 43 catches, 448 yards and four touchdowns.
The Eagles are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss and 4-0 ATS in the last four games overall. Boston College is also 4-1 ATS in their last five conference games and 4-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record.
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in the last four games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games in October. Virginia is also 7-2 ATS in they last nine games following a straight-up win and 15-5-2 ATS in their last 22 games following an ATS win.
Boston College really didn’t have any business beating Louisville, but no one told that to Dillon. The Eagles have now won two of their last three, scoring a combined 73 points in those victories. As for Virginia, this is their best start in the last decade, and they’ve allowed 23 points or fewer in all of their wins. If the Cavaliers stuff the box and contain the run here, I don’t think there’s any way Boston College can keep up, even on the high from their win against Louisville. I’ll take Virginia for the cover here.