Boston College ended last season by losing its last eight games in a row. Georgia Tech, meanwhile, lost nine of its last 10. The Eagles also finished just 4-7 against the spread last season, while the Yellow Jackets were even worse, at 3-9 ATS. But a new season begins for BC and the Ramblin‘ Wreck when they meet Saturday across the pond for an ACC bout in Dublin, Ireland.
Point spread: Yellow Jackets opened as three-point favorites, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark. (Line updates and matchup report)
College football pick, via Odds Shark computer: 18.8-16.8 Eagles
Why the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets can cover the spread
Georgia Tech is trying to bounce back after falling to 3-9 last year. The Yellow Jackets had some chances, losing six games by eight points or less, and they upset Florida State. They also actually outgained opponents by a 378-368 yards-per-game margin, a figure more closely associated with a 7-5 team, rather than one that finished six games under .500.
This year, Tech returns 11 starters. Six are back on offense, including senior quarterback Justin Thomas (26 career starts), while five are back on defense, including three of the front four.
Why the Boston College Eagles can cover the spread
The Eagles are trying to rebound after also falling to 3-9 last year. Boston College played great defense, holding eight opponents to 19 points or less, but thanks to an impotent offense, it lost five games by a field goal or less, including a couple of heartbreakers.
Boston College actually outgained opponents by 22 yards per game last year, 276-254.
This year, Boston College returns 14 starters. Seven are back on offense, including three along the offensive line, and that doesn’t include senior transfer quarterback Patrick Towles, who threw for 5,099 yards and 24 touchdowns in three seasons at Kentucky. And seven starters return from a defense that ranked No. 1 in all of FBS against the run last year, allowing just 83 yards per game.
The Jackets love to run the option, but the Eagles should be tough to run against. Meanwhile, the Eagles should be improved on offense, while Georgia Tech might take a step back on defense. Plus, Boston College should have the crowd on its side. The smart money here flies with the Eagles, who might not even need the points.
Georgia Tech is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games.
The total has gone under in Georgia Tech’s last three games against Boston College.
Georgia Tech is 0-6 SU and ATS in its last six games as a favorite.
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