The Boston College Eagles hope to secure a bowl game when they host the NC State Wolfpack. Kickoff is noon EST on Saturday, November 11 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The game can be seen on either ABC or ESPN2.
The Wolfpack are listed as 3-point favorites on the road. The over/under for the game is set at 52 points. Click here for a full list of Week 11 betting odds and links to game previews.
NC State vs Boston College Vegas Game Preview & Betting Odds
The Eagles have quietly won three games in a row. B.C. wasn’t a bonafide bowl team a month ago. But three straight wins over Louisville, Virginia, and Florida State have changed that. One more win can get the Eagles to a bowl game for the fourth time in five years under head coach Steve Addazio.
The Wolfpack, meanwhile, are reeling a little after back-to-back losses against Notre Dame and Clemson. No one is going to blame them for losing to two teams currently in the College Football Playoff top-4. But NC State definitely thought they were capable of beating those types of teams. The Wolfpack now need to win out and hope that Clemson stumbles in order to get to the ACC Championship Game.
Free College Football Against the Spread Pick: NC State -3
It’s tough to go against Boston College with the way they’ve been playing lately, especially with the Eagles playing at home. But I still see the Wolfpack as the more talented team. I also think they can neutralize B.C.’s strengths. With just three points to cover, I’ll lean toward the Wolfpack winning by at least a touchdown.
Boston College’s recent success has been jumpstarted by their ability to run the ball. They ran for over 300 yards against Louisville and had their way on the ground against both Virginia and Florida State. As long as they can run the ball between the tackles with great success, the Eagles are going to be in a position to win games.
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However, the Wolfpack are capable of keeping the B.C. running game contained better than most teams. N.C. State’s strength on defense is the front-7. The Eagles won’t be able to push around the Wolfpack in the trenches the way they have the last three games. NC State should do enough against the B.C. rushing attack to force freshman quarterback Anthony Brown to beat them with his arm.
To be fair, Brown had made plenty of positive strides this season. But he’s still not a reliable passer. In his last five games, Brown has only completed better than 50% of his passes twice. Even during last week’s win against Florida State, he was 6 for 20 throwing the ball. That’s not going to cut it against NC State’s defense, especially if the Wolfpack can force obvious passing situations and come at Brown with one of the best pass-rushing units in the ACC.
Offensively, the Wolfpack are in good shape despite two straight losses. Notre Dame is the only team that’s been able to keep NC State contained for 60 minutes. The B.C. defense isn’t at that same level. To be fair, the Eagles have given up 13 total points over their last two games. But they’ve yet to face a contingent of playmakers as deep or versatile as the one NC State has. The Wolfpack also have an experienced quarterback in Ryan Finley who rarely turns the ball over.
I expect this to be a competitive game from start to finish. But at some point, the Eagles will need Brown to throw the ball in order to win, and I don’t like that matchup against the NC State defense. My guess is the Wolfpack will lead by a touchdown late with B.C. coming up a little short on the game’s final drive.