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Boston College vs Nevada Spread Line and Bowl Predictions

The Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco, CA at AT&T Park on Sunday January 9 (9:00pm ET) will feature the Eagles of Boston College (7-5) out of the ACC squaring off against the 13th ranked Nevada Wolf Pack (12-1) from the Western Athletic Conference. The Eagles have been a streaky team to say the least, ending the regular season with a five-game winning streak that followed a five-game losing streak. Nevada suffered their only defeat this season to Hawaii by a score of 27-21 on October 16, and eared a share of the WAC title by defeating then-number 3 Boise State 34-31 in a wild contest on November 26.

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Boston College’s offense has been spurred by running back Montel Harris who has run for 1, 242 yards and 8 touchdowns this season. Harris has an ankle injury but is expected to play against Nevada. The Eagle offense aside from Harris has been anemic this season, ranking 104th in total offense with 312.8 yards per game and 109th in scoring with 18.9 points per game. The BC defense in contrast has been outstanding, ranking 1st in the nation against the run with 72.7 yards per game allowed and 18th in scoring defense with an average of 19.5 points per game allowed.

The Wolf Pack are led offensively by dual-threat quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who threw for 20 touchdowns and ran for 20 more commanding the so-called pistol version of the spread offense that Head Coach Chris Ault runs. The Wolf Pack ranks third in the nation in total offense with 535.5 yards per game, and third in rushing offense with 305.9 yards per game. Running back Via Taua also has been outstanding for Nevada with 1,534 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground. Defensively the Wolf Pack have given up 22.1 points per game, 36th in the nation, and rank near the bottom in pass defense with an average of 252.7 YPG allowed.

BC is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 0-4 TS in their last 4 bowl games. Nevada is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 bowl games. The under is 5-0 in BC”s last 5 games overall, and 5-23 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record.

Boston College vs. Nevada Spread, Line and Betting Odds:

Spread:

Boston College Eagles +7.5
@ Nevada Wolf Pack -7.5

Game Total:

Over 55 (-110)
Under 55 (-110)

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Boston College vs. Nevada Prediction for Bowl Game:

Spread Prediction (Top Play) – The Wolf Pack are a strong favorite here for good reason, they have a do-it-all QB in Kaepernick who is one of the most exciting players in the country leading an explosive offense, and a defense that has kept opponents out of the end zone for the most part this season. On defense Nevada ranks among the worst in the country in pass defense, does BC have the passing game to take advantage? Expect the Eagles to have success running the ball, and to make a game of it until the end.

PREDICTION (TOP PLAY) – Boston College +7.5

Over/Under Prediction – Take the under in this game, Nevada has one of the most prolific offenses in the country and a defense that has been vulnerable against the pass, but BC has been playing lights out on defense led by linebackers Mark Herzlich and Luke Kuechly. Expect Nevada to score less than they are used to against wide-open WAC opponents, and for BC to control the clock with the running game to keep Kaepernick off of the field as much as possible. It should be close, but expect the total to sneak in under 55.

PREDICTION – Under 55

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