Rutgers vs. Boston College - 9/21/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rutgers vs. Boston College
Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM (HighPoint.com Stadium)
The Line: Rutgers +7 -- Over/Under:
The Boston College Eagles and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday in college football action at HighPoint.com Stadium.
The Boston College Eagles look to build on their 2-1 record when they take to the road for the first time. The Boston College Eagles have lost three of their last five road games. Anthony Brown is completing 53.9 percent of his passes for 633 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Brown has two or more touchdown passes in three of his last four games. Kobay White and Hunter Long have combined for 234 receiving yards and one touchdown while Zay Flowers has three receptions. The Boston College Eagles ground game is averaging 243.6 yards per contest, and AJ Dillon leads the way with 318 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Boston College is allowing 29.7 points and 457.7 yards per game. Mike Palmer leads the Boston College Eagles with 23 tackles, Joey Luchetti has one sack and Mehdi El Attrach has one interception.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look for a solid home win to get a game above a .500 record. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost six of their last seven home games. McLane Carter is completing 57.4 percent of his passes for 368 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Carter and Artur Sitkowski have combined for five interceptions this season. Bo Melton and Raheem Blackshear have combined for 269 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Mohamed Jabbie has three receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 142 yards per contest, and Isaih Pacheco leads the way with 192 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 25.5 points and 371 yards per game. Tyshon Fogg leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 18 tackles, Elorm Lumor has one sack and Avery Young has one interception.
The Eagles are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in September and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Rutgers and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Scarlet Knights last 8 games overall. The over is 4-0 in Eagles last 4 games overall.
The Boston College Eagles have split their last 10 games ATS as a road favorite. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have covered seven of their last 11 games as a road underdog. It's hard to get a feel for Boston College, as it beat up on Virginia Tech opening week but then got run over by Kansas last week. Rutgers beat UMass and then got smoked by Iowa, two things we expected, and the Scarlet Knights have had an extra week to prepare for this game. I want to believe Rutgers is improved this year and the added rest does help. While Boston College should probably win, it's a team that has an old school game where it relies on the ground and defense. There shouldn't be a blowout on either side. Give me the free touchdown.