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Syracuse vs. Boston College Pick – NCAAF Week 8

The Syracuse Orange, fresh off one of their biggest wins in the last several years, look to build off the momentum at Boston College. Syracuse head coach Dino Babers got his biggest win since becoming the main man this season. The Orange have long been a basketball school, but Babers is trying to turn them into a football haven as well. A win over a 23-point favorite is a good start, on a team who have adopted a fast, up-tempo offense to move the football. Babers comes from Bowling Green after directing them to atop the MAC and one of the most efficient offenses in college football. The Syracuse offense has looked good this season, but I expect great things for them over the new few years. When Babers has more time to recruit and get his own guys on the field, watch how well the offense is going to be clicking. They should be one of those teams who averages 40 points on a regular basis if things go according to plan.

Do you think Babers dips out of Syracuse to a bigger school if he finds the success I was just talking about? Oh yeah, you’ll find him in a power conference, so it’s going to be a double-edged sword for Syracuse with Babers. One thing we do know, the guy certainly follows the point spreads, as his post-game speech to his team indicated. He ripped into Vegas setting Virginia Tech as 23-point favorites last week, which Syracuse easily won with a straight-up 31-17 victory. Keeping everything in perspective, the Orange is still only 3-4-0 and lost to Notre Dame and Wake Forest leading up to their win over Virginia Tech. Not to take anything away from them, because beating the Hokies was a sizable accomplishment.

Syracuse might be stuck with a sandwich special on their hands the last few weeks. Wake Forest beat the Orange easily, 28-9, in what appeared to be a look ahead spot to Virginia Tech. Now that they’ve beaten the Hokies, this one against Boston College could be a letdown spot on the road. After all of the hoopla and attention Syracuse has gotten over the last week, it’s not unrealistic to believe they might be a letdown here against BC. Boston College is returning after getting blasted by Clemson two weeks ago and a bye. We’ll see if the Eagles wised up over the bye week and bring a better effort to Saturday afternoon at home. That Clemson game was also a midweek game, so they have had more than ample time to prepare for Syracuse.

Syracuse Orange vs. Boston College Eagles NCAAF Betting Odds:

Spread:
Syracuse +4.5(-110)
vs. Boston College -4.5(-110)

Total:
Over 50.5(-110)
Under 50.5(-110)

Odds provided by Bovada.lv

Syracuse vs. Boston College Pick:

Boston College can’t afford to come out flat against Syracuse following a bye week and the whopping Clemson put on them two weeks ago. Boston College are 3-3 with wins over UMass, Wagner, and Buffalo. There’s a lineup of wins that will get you excited, let me tell you. Cuse and Boston College played in late December a year ago, which resulted in a 20-17 win for the Orange. The Eagles will have to win this game, or come on, Steve Addazio has to start getting nervous about his job. There aren’t any excuses for them to lose to a team who have been on an all-time high the last week and have to go on the road to play at Boston College.

Boston College played Virginia Tech this season and got blown out 49-0. Despite the two huge losses to Virginia Tech and Clemson, the Eagles are still 4th in college football, allowing just 253 yards per game. They are giving up just 149 yards passing a game, 4th in the country. BC is also 9th against the run. Syracuse loves to throw the football around the yard, it worked for Babers at Bowling Green, and he’s trying to make the same philosophy work at Syracuse. Quarterback Eric Dungey attempted 52 passes a week ago, in an effort which saw him pass for 311 yards with a touchdown and interception.

Boston College are particularly good shutting the pass down. If Syracuse can’t get that plan in the motion, they should find difficulties moving the ball on the ground with their 94th ranked ground attack. This looks like a hard spot for Syracuse this week. They haven’t been nationally recognized since perhaps Ryan Nassib was the quarterback after their VTech win. Now they have been featured on Sportscenter several times and at 3-4 think they have the world in their hand. The Orange are heading in the right direction, but it won’t be without bumps along the way. Boston College is going to catch Syracuse napping this week and should be able to prove lines makers right with this larger than anticipated line.

PICK: BOSTON COLLEGE -4.5 (-110)