Iowa vs. Boston College - Pinstripe Bowl - 12/27/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston College Eagles (7-5) at Iowa Hawkeyes (7-5)
College Football: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 5:15 pm (Yankee Stadium)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -3 -- Over/Under: 46.5 See the Latest Odds
The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Boston College Eagles face off in the Pinstripe Bowl from Yankee Stadium on ESPN.
The Iowa Hawkeyes come into the Pinstripe Bowl after finishing the regular season with a 7-5 record, including a 4-5 record in Big Ten conference play, highlighted by a 55-24 romp of Ohio State who finished 11-2 and made it to the Big Ten Championship game. Nathan Stanley completed 188 of 336 pass attempts for a 56% completion percentage, along with 2,333 yards, 25 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Akrum Wadley led Iowa in rushing with over 1,000 yards and 9 touchdowns, while Nick Easley led the Hawkeyes receiving corps with 50 catches for 498 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Noah Fant added a team-high 10 touchdown catches this season. Defensively, the Hawkeyes put forth a solid effort this season, holding opponents to 19 or fewer points in 8 of their 12 games this season, while also limiting opponents to an average of just 355 yards of total offense per game.
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The Boston College Eagles received their invite to the Pinstripe Bowl by virtue of their 7-5 regular season record, including a 4-4 record in conference, and by winning 5 of their last 6 games of the year. Anthony Brown completed 134 of his 258 pass attempts for a 51.9% completion percentage with 11 touchdowns, 9 interceptions, and 1,367 passing yards. AJ Dillon led the Eagles’ ground attack, with 1,432 yards rushing and a team-high 13 touchdowns, while Jon Hilliman added 622 rushing yards and 5 TDs of his own. Kobay White led the team with 32 catches for 396 yards and a pair of receiving touchdowns, while Tommy Sweeney caught a team-high 3 scores in the season. The Eagles finished the year strong defensively, holding opponents to 17 points of less in 6 of their last 8 games, while giving up 398 yards of total offense per game this season.
Iowa is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 bowl games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a win while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 non-conference games. Boston College is 8-0-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games against the Big Ten.
Iowa has the bigger win between the two teams with their victory over Ohio State. However, the Eagles have been nothing but money against the spread for the last two months of the season, and with this being a big bowl game in New York of all places, I think Boston College will want to come out firing and get a win. I think this will be a low scoring game as both defenses have been on point as of late, but with Boston College’s record ATS, I think getting points is an early Christmas present and I’ll gladly take them here.