Boston College vs. Cincinnati - 1/2/20 College Football Birmingham Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Boston College Eagles (6-6) at Cincinnati Bearcats (10-3)
College Football: Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Legion Field)
The Line: Cincinnati Bearcats -7.5 -- Over/Under: 55
The Boston College Eagles and the Cincinnati Bearcats meet in college football action from Legion Field on Thursday.
The Eagles enter this one at 6-6 overall. The Eagles are 2-3 in their last five games, falling to Clemson, Florida State and Notre Dame while beating Syracuse and Pittsburgh otherwise.
In the win over the Panthers, Boston College’s Dennis Grosel posted 123 yards with a TD, and AJ Dillon had 178 yards and a TD rushing. Hunter Long caught two passes for 36 yards and a TD to lead the team there as well.
Over on the Cincinnati side, they’re 10-3 so far. The Bearcats fell to Ohio State early in the season, then dropped 34-24 and 29-24 to Memphis in their last two outings to round out their trio of losses.
In the most recent loss to Memphis, Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder posted 233 yards with an INT, and also led the rush with 113 yards and a TD. Alec Pierce was the top receiver there on 87 yards from five catches.
The Eagles are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five neutral-site games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven on turf. Boston College is 2-7 ATS in their last nine bowl games and 1-5 ATS in the last six after a straight-up win.
Meanwhile, the Bearcats are 6-2 ATS in their last eight on turf and 1-4 ATS in their last five Thursday games. Cincinnati is 1-4 ATS in the last five versus the ACC and 0-4 ATS in the last four bowl games.
Looking at Boston College’s last three losses, they really aren’t that bad. Two of them came to ranked teams (Clemson and Notre Dame), and the other was a 38-31 loss to Florida State that could have gone much differently had a few things broken the Eagles’ way.
As for Cincinnati, they’ve been playing things pretty close over their last four games, with a couple of wins by four points or fewer along with finishing in the neighborhood of Memphis in their last pair. I feel like the Bearcats are the much better team and can probably cover here, but it’ll be close.