UCONN vs. Boston College - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston College Eagles (5-5) at UCONN Huskies (3-7)
College Football: Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Fenway Park)
The Line: UCONN Huskies +21.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Boston College Eagles and UConn Huskies meet Saturday in college football action at Fenway Park.
The Boston College Eagles look for their sixth victory of the season to become bowl eligible for the fourth time in five years. The Boston College Eagles have lost two of their last three neutral site games. Anthony Brown is completing 51.9 percent of his passes for 1,367 yards, 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Brown has one or less touchdown passes in six of his last seven games. Kobay Wright and Tommy Sweeney have combined for 676 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Jeff Smith has 21 receptions. The Boston College Eagles ground game is averaging 202.7 yards per contest, and AJ Dillon leads the way with 1,039 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Boston College is allowing 24 points and 394.8 yards per game. Ty Schwab leads the Boston College Eagles with 81 tackles, Harold Landry has five sacks and Lukas Denis has five interceptions.
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The UConn Huskies look for a feel good victory here to snap a rough three-game losing streak. The UConn Huskies haven’t played a neutral site game since December 26 of 2015. Bryant Shirreffs is completing 65.8 percent of his passes for 2,287 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. Shirreffs and David Pindell have combined for 16 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. Hergy Mayala and Arkeel Newsome have combined for 986 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Aaron McLean has 25 receptions. The UConn Huskies ground game is averaging 140.5 yards per contest, and Kevin Mensah leads the way with 422 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, UConn is allowing 39.4 points and 550.8 yards per game. Junior Joseph leads the UConn Huskies with 81 tackles, Cole Ormsby has seven sacks and Tyler Coyle has two interceptions.
The Eagles are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games, 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Huskies are 5-22-2 ATS in their last 29 non-conference games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games in November and 20-46-2 ATS in their last 68 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Huskies last 5 games overall and the under is 68-33-2 in Eagles last 103 games overall.
Both teams have banged up quarterbacks who are either doubtful or questionable, so I'm not sure how anyone can feel confident about laying three touchdowns. Five of Boston College's 10 games have been decided by 20 or less points, while UConn has shown the ability to surprise when its an underdog this season. There's also the factor of playing on a baseball field, as it is kind of the unkown and could result in some odd play until guys get comfortble with the environment. So, if I was going to play this game personally, I'd take a stab with the three free touchdowns and the hook.