Boston College at Clemson: 10/31/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Clemson Tigers (6-0) vs Boston College Eagles (4-2)
Game Info: Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Clemson Memorial Stadium)
Betting Odds: Clemson Tigers -25-- Over/Under: 58 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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UPDATE (10/29/20; 9:21 PM) - Trevor Lawrence has just been listed out as he has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Boston College Eagles will travel to Memorial Stadium (Clemson, SC) to take on the top-ranked Clemson Tigers this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Boston College Eagles improved to 4-2 (3-2 ACC) on the season after defeating the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 48-27, this past Saturday. Boston College was outstanding out of the gates against the Yellow Jackets and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 34-14 lead into halftime. Boston College outgained Georgia Tech by a 409-362 margin and won the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Eagles was QB Phil Jurkovec who completed 13 of 21 passes for 145 yards 7 2 TD’s while also adding 94 rushing yards on 7 carries.
On the season, Boston College is averaging 27.5 ppg on 377.7 total yards per game (278.5 passing yds/g; 99.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Boston College has been led by QB Phil Jurkovec who has completed 62.5% of his passes for 1,671 yards, 12 TD, & 4 INT. Jurkovec has also been a threat with his legs as he has 109 yards & 3 TD’s on 53 carries. In the backfield with Jurkovec has been David Bailey (71 att, 272 yards, 3 TD) and Travis Levy (40 att, 103 yards). The top receiving threats for the Eagles have been Zay Flowers (29 rec, 473 yards, 4 TD), Hunter Long (38 rec, 455 yards, 3 TD), CJ Lewis (13 rec, 219 yards, 3 TD), and Jaelen Gill (18 rec, 202 yards, TD).
Defensively, Boston College is allowing their opponents to average 25.0 ppg on 382.7 total yards per game (217.3 passing yds/g; 165.3 rushing yds/g).
The top-ranked Clemson Tigers remained perfect on the season, improving to 6-0 (5-0 ACC) on the year, after defeating the Syracuse Orange, 47-21, this past Saturday. Clemson had a much bigger challenge than they expected, coming into the game as 47-point favorites, after Syracuse made it a one-possession game midway through the 3rd quarter, however the Tigers avoided the upset and pulled away after scoring the final 21 points of the game. Clemson outgained Syracuse by a 455-325 margin and won the turnover battle by a 4-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was RB Travis Etienne who had 86 rushing yards & 3 TD’s on 16 carries.
On the season, Clemson is averaging 48.2 ppg on 518.0 total yards per game (341.3 passing yds/g; 176.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Clemson has been led by QB Trevor Lawrence who has completed 70.7% of his passes for 1,833 yards, 17 TD, & 2 INT. The top receiving targets for the Tigers have been Amari Rodgers (33 rec, 520 yards, 5 TD), Frank Ladson Jr. (17 rec, 272 yards, 3 TD), Braden Galloway (16 rec, 184 yards, 2 TD), Davis Allen (8 rec, 168 yards, 3 TD), and Cornell Powell (14 rec, 152 yards, 2 TD). Leading the backfield for the Tigers is Travis Etienne who has 522 rushing yards & 8 TD’s on 83 carries. Etienne is also one of the top receivers as he has 22 receptions for 294 yards & 1 TD.
Defensively, Clemson is holding their opponents to an average of 13.5 ppg on 274.7 total yards per game (169.3 passing yds/g; 105.3 rushing yds/g).
The Eagles are 4-2 ATS on the season and are 22-8 ATS in their last 30 games in October. The Tigers are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games vs. a team with a winning record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games on grass.
Boston College has looked impressive at home this season, however, this is still a team that recently lost to Virginia Tech by 26-points on the road and I just don’t see how the Eagles offense will be able to put up enough points against a strong Clemson defense on the road. I am going to monitor the status of Travis Etienne who did leave the game early against Syracuse, however, between the fact that I think Etienne plays and that Clemson comes out much sharper than we saw last week agianst Syracuse, I think Clemson runs away with this one and covers this large home spread. Good Luck!
Update (10/29): The line hasn't yet adjusted for Lawrence being out but you have to imagine that the line will go down a bit with what I imagine D.J. Uiagalelei being under center for the Tigers. As of right now, with 31 points I have to go with a Boston College but I'm going to watch to see the line movement before I make an official pick.
PICK - The line dropped about 6 point and although I think their will be heavy action on BC, I'm sticking with the Tigers as I just haven't seen much from BC on the road this season and this is still a talented Clemson team that I think will be on their "A" game today knowing that Lawrence is out. Take the Tigers to cover.