The Iowa Hawkeyes and Boston College Eagles meet on Wednesday in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. It’s one of the more unique smaller bowl games, as Yankee Stadium plays host to a football game. If I’m a college kid going to a lower-tier bowl game, I’d want to be playing in something like this. Well, of course, the Bahamas doesn’t sound half bad either. It’s going to be a cold one at Yankee Stadium with temps in the 20’s, and that isn’t even considering the wind chill. Unless you’re an Iowa or Boston College fan, this is one I would pass on going to watch.
Iowa are best known for being the team to beat Ohio State this season. They didn’t just beat them, they laid the wood on the Buckeyes. Iowa beat up on Ohio State for a final score of 55-24. That right there was the highlight of their year, and anything that happens after was just going to be extra. Iowa also came a play away from defeating Penn State.
They ultimately fell by a score of 21-19. Iowa was an inch away from deflecting a late Penn State pass into the end zone, but that’s football, a game of inches. It was pretty clear that Iowa would get up for the big games, and then go through the motions in other instances. Following the Ohio State win, they dropped two in a row, before closing out the regular season with a 56-14 win over Nebraska. Horrible year for Nebraska, and Iowa put the cherry on top for them.
Iowa’s losses came against Penn State, Michigan State, Northwestern, Wisconsin, and Purdue. But wait, they mopped the floor with Ohio State, and lost to Purdue? Like I said, Iowa were fantastic and putting it all together against the big boys. They could have very easily had a win against Penn State as well.
The key for Iowa in the Pinstripe Bowl is getting up for Boston College. Boston College is a decent opponent, but they are no Penn State or Ohio State. Boston College beat Louisville, 45-42, and a 35-3 win over Florida State. The Seminoles have been stuck in a down year, but nevertheless, 35-3 against FSU must feel nice for them. Head below for our free Iowa vs. Boston College pick in the Pinstripe Bowl.
Boston College Eagles vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Betting Odds:
Boston College +2.5(-105)
vs. Iowa -2.5(-115)
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Boston College vs. Iowa Pick:
Boston College has been a team that have emphasized the trenches for countless years. Their game plans aren’t exactly too difficult to decipher. Wear out the other teams offensive and defensive line, and then pull away in the 4th quarter. Iowa are similar in the sense that they want to use their physicality to wear their opposition into the ground.
The Eagles did get some quality production out of their offense this season thanks to their effort on the ground. Things can really start to open up if they get opposing defensive line feeling a little wobbly. In their final two games, they scored 42 points on Syracuse and 39 on UConn. Boston College did it with their aggressive offensive line and running attack. The Eagles averaged 224.8 yards on the ground for 24th in the nation. However, defending the run has been a different story.
Boston College rank among some of the worst teams in the nation against the run, allowing an average 198.4 yards per game, 102nd in the FBS. Typically BC has a stiff defense upfront, but this year the offensive line has outshone the defense by miles. Iowa are 92nd in the country at running the ball, however, they had to compete against some really good defenses in the Big Ten. Running back Akrum Wadley rushed for 1,021 yards and 12 touchdowns, including a 159-yard and 3 touchdown performance against Nebraska in the season finale.
Quarterback Nathan Stanley came a look way for Iowa, as he’s been the best quarterback on campus since Ricky Stanzi was here. Stanley has passed for 25 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. In his last four games, he threw 7 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Darius Wade will get the nod for the Eagles in the Pinstripe Bowl. Boston College has bounced between quarterbacks, and have landed on Wade lately.
Wade has passed for 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. He started the regular season finale and led BC to a 42-14 win over Syracuse with a touchdown and 248 yards. This will be a tall order for Wade, though, against a Big Ten defense. The Hawkeyes get a huge edge in the quarterback comparison. If Iowa come to play on Tuesday, they’re going to win and cover. Their schedule was much more difficult than Boston College this season. Wadley will be in for a big came in his final game as a Hawkeye against the Eagles’ weak run defense.
PICK: IOWA -2.5 (-115)