Boston College at Louisville: 10/23/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

Boston College at Louisville: 10/23/21 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville Cardinals (3-3) vs Boston College Eagles (4-2)

Game Info: Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 4:00 pm (Cardinal Stadium)

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The Boston College Eagles will travel to Cardinal Stadium to take on the Louisville Cardinals this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Boston College Eagles lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 4-2 on the season after being defeated by the 22nd ranked NC State Wolfpack, 33-7, this past Saturday. Boston College trailed by just a 10-7 going into halftime, however, the Eagles were dominated on both ends of the field in the 2nd half and could not fight back after a 79-yard TD reception by Thayer Thomas gave the Wolfpack a 31-7 lead with 4:23 left in the 3rd quarter. Boston College was outgained by NC State by a 381-291 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Eagles was QB Dennis Grosel who completed 21 of 39 passes for 194 yards, 1 TD, & 1 INT.

On the season, Boston College is averaging 30.8 ppg on 389.3 total yards per game (217.8 passing yds/g; 171.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Boston College has been led by the RB trio of Pat Garwo III (84 att, 519 yards, 5 TD), Alec Sinkfield (46 att, 187 yards, TD), & Travis Levy (39 att, 139 yards, 4 TD). QB Dennis Grosel has completed 59.4% of his passes for 982 yards, 5 TD, & 5 INT. The top receiving threats for the Eagles have been Zay Flowers (25 rec, 352 yards, 2 TD), Trae Barry (16 rec, 255 yards, 3 TD), & CJ Lewis (11 rec, 167 yards).

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Defensively, Boston College is holding their opponents to an average of 19.5 ppg on 329.8 total yards per game (203.3 passing yds/g; 126.5 rushing yds/g).

The Louisville Cardinals lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 3-3 on the season after being defeated by the Virginia Cavaliers, 34-33, on October 9th. Louisville entered the 4th quarter with a 30-13 lead, however, the Cardinals defense struggled down the stretch and allowed Virginia to win the game on a 1-yard TD reception by Grant Misch with just :22 seconds left in regulation. Louisville won the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin, however, was outgained by the Cavaliers by a 522-503 margin in the loss.

On the season, Louisville is averaging 32.3 ppg on 452.2 total yards per game (272.8 passing yds/g; 179.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Louisville has been led by QB Malik Cunningham who has completed 64.4% of his passes for 1577 yards, 8 TD, & 2 INT while also rushing for 347 yards & 10 TD. In the backfield with Cunningham has been the duo of Jalen Mitchell (85 att, 357 yards, 2 TD) & Hassan Hall (28 att, 207 yards, TD). The top receiving threats for the Cardinals have been Jordan Watkins (22 rec, 277 yards, TD), Marshon Ford (27 rec, 265 yards, TD), Tyler Harrell (7 rec, 261 yards, 3 TD), & Ahmari Huggins-Bruce (13 rec, 260 yards, TD).

Defensively, Louisville is allowing their opponents to average 29.2 ppg on 449.3 total yards per game (298.8 passing yds/g; 150.5 rushing yds/g).

The Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up loss. The Cardinals are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a bye week and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

Louisville has a dynamic player in QB Malik Cunningham, however, this is a solid Boston College defense that has been very solid against the run, ranking 40th in rushing defense. Boston College has a run game that should have some success which will help them control the clock and as I think the Eagles have a bounce back game in this one, I think Boston College does enough at worst, to cover with the points. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Boston College Eagles +5.5

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