Clemson Tigers (5-0) at Boston College Eagles (3-2)
|Date & Time||Friday October 7, 2016, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston College Eagles +17 -- Over/Under:
Headed our way in Week 6 college football action on Friday, October 7 from Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, the Clemson Tigers will visit the Boston College Eagles in an ACC showdown.
Clemson rolls into this game with a spring in their step at 5-0 following a huge win over Louisville this past Saturday. The Tigers spurred a rally with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, then held the Cardinals one yard short on a key fourth down to seal the win 42-36. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson did make a few mistakes (three interceptions), but was otherwise clean with 306 yards and five touchdowns on 20-of-31 passing. Most of the work finished off with Deon Cain, who bagged four receptions and 98 yards with two scores for the Tigers. Clemson RB Wayne Gallman led the rushing attack with 16 carries for 110 yards, while Watson added 91 yards with 14 carries of his own.
On the Cardinals’ season so far, Watson has posted a 110-for-181 line with 1302 yards, 14 touchdowns and seven picks. Gallman holds 79 total carries for 366 yards and four scores for Louisville, while Mike Williams heads the receiving corps with 25 grabs for 373 yards and two TDs of his own.
Now let’s check out Boston College, who will enter Week 6 with a 3-2 record following a 35-3 blowout win over Buffalo last Saturday. The powerful Eagles defense did their jobs here, holding the Bulls to just 67 total yards. On offense, Boston College QB Patrick Towles finished with a 14-of-25 mark for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Running backs Jon Hillman and Davon Jones combined for 107 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries for the Eagles, while Jeff Smith cleaned up in the receiving game with five grabs for 65 yards.
So far through five games, Towles has picked up a 55-of-108 mark with 806 yards, six TDs and three interceptions for Boston College, while Hillman leads the rushers with 87 carries for 295 yards and five scores. Smith is the Eagles’ leading receiver with 14 grabs for 247 yards and three scores in 2016.
Clemson is 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS win, and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following a straight-up win. Clemson is also 5-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record, and 4-1 ATS in their last five games in October.
As for the Eagles, they’re 5-1 ATS in their last six home games versus a team with a winning road record, and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games in October. Boston College is also 1-5-2 ATS in their last eight home games, and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five conference games.
Going toe-to-toe with Louisville on a huge national stage has raised the bar for Clemson (who was already tagged for big things this season) to a whole new level. Watson is the real deal, and has proven that the Tigers can compete—and succeed—against just about any team out there. Clemson will come into this game riding high, and if Watson can keep his mistakes down, they’ll leave Boston College in their wake. Besides, the Eagles have scored just 14 points in their two losses and have deflated in the face of superior competition, despite their stout defense. I’ll take the Tigers here in another convincing victory.