Penn State Nittany Lions (6-6) at Boston College Eagles (7-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 27, 2014, 4:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Boston College Eagles -2.5 -- Over/Under: 39
The Penn State Nittany Lions and the Boston College Eagles face off on Saturday in Yankee Stadium in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
The Penn State Nittany Lions went 6-6 this season losing their last two games and four of their last six. PSU is averaging 19.8 points and 325.5 yards per game and are led by QB Christian Hackenberg who completed 54.4 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Akeel Lynch leads the Nittany Lion ground attack with 603 yards and Bill Belton has rushed for 518 yards and six touchdowns and DaeSean Hamilton has 75 receptions. The Penn State defense allows 17.7 points and 269.8 yards per game with 21 takeaways and 30 sacks. Mike Hull has 134 tackles, Nyeem Wartman has 64 tackles, and Marcus Allen has 52 tackles. Penn State had their bowl ban lifted early and are eligible to play in this game by virtue of their six wins.
Boston College finished the season at 7-5 and at times they looked as good as any team in the nation as even their losses were close. The BC offense is averaging 25.9 points and 383.8 yards per game and they are led by QB Tyler Murphy who has completed 56.9 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and he has rushed for 1,079 yards and 10 touchdowns. Jon Hillman rushed for 752 yards and 12 touchdowns and Josh Bordner had 26 catches and three touchdowns to lead the Eagles in receiving. The Boston College defense allows 20.5 points and 313.5 yards per game with 12 takeaways and 31 sacks. Justin Simmons has 70 tackles, Steven Daniels has 68 tackles, and Josh Keyes has 63 tackles. All of Boston College’s losses were to bowl teams.
Penn State is 5-0 against the spread in their last five non-conference games, 1-3-1 against the spread following a loss, and 9-4-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. Boston College is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games, 1-4 against the spread in their last five neutral site games, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six bowl games.
I am not expecting a lot of scoring and even with the total set this low I am still seeing this one staying under.