Cincinnati vs. Boston College - 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 -6.5 -- Over/Under: 55
The Boston College Eagles and Cincinnati Bearcats meet Thursday in the college football Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field.
The Boston College Eagles look to get a game above a .500 record and win their second bowl game since 2008. The Boston College Eagles have split their last six non-home games. Anthony Brown is completing 59.1 percent of his passes for 1,250 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Brown and Dennis Grosel have combined for 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. Hunter Long and Kobay White have combined for 888 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Zay Flowers has 22 receptions. The Boston College Eagles ground game is averaging 267.8 yards per contest, and AJ Dillon leads the way with 1,685 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, Boston College is allowing 31.7 points and 480.3 yards per game. Max Richardson leads the Boston College Eagles with 108 tackles, Brandon Barlow has 2.5 sacks and Mike Palmer has two interceptions.
The Cincinnati Bearcats have a chance to win at least 11 games for the fourth time in school history. The Cincinnati Bearcats have won four of their last six non-home games. Desmond Ridder is completing 54.8 percent of his passes for 2,069 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Ridder has zero touchdown passes in his last three games. Alec Pierce and Josiah Deguara have combined for 1,113 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Rashad Medaris has 25 receptions. The Cincinnati Bearcats ground game is averaging 197.6 yards per contest, and Michael Warren II leads the way with 1,160 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 21.7 points and 376.6 yards per game. Darrick Forrest leads the Cincinnati Bearcats with 104 tackles, Michael Pitts has 5.5 sacks and Ja'von Hicks has five interceptions.
The Eagles are a stady 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 bowl games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The Bearcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. ACC and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 bowl games. The over is 5-2 in Eagles last 7 games overall. The under is 39-19-1 in Bearcats last 59 games overall.
The Boston College Eagles were able to dig deep and beat Pittsburgh on the road just to clinch this bowl game, but we have to be very careful with this squad, as they struggled big time in the ACC this season and that defense is one of the worst in all of college football. The Cincinnati Bearcats went toe-to-toe twice with the Memphis Tigers on the road, and they've been one of the more consistent teams on both sides of the ball all season long. Ridder has a chance to get back i regular season form after battling injuries and that Cincinnati ground game should have a field day. I'm just not sure how the Boston College Eagles can put together enough stops to make this game interesting. I'll take the Bearcats by double digits.