There are a couple of good-looking games on the college football schedule Friday night. As we get deeper into the schedule, we tend to see more important games on Thursday and Friday nights. For Boston College, this appears like an opportunity for them to might be considered as a ranked team in the top-25. A win over the Miami Hurricanes and a record of 6-2 could get them there if others in front fall over. They face an impossible uphill battle to overtake Clemson to win division, though.
There are currently seven teams with records of 5-2 in the top-25, six if you’re going by the AP Poll, but all of their best wins top Boston College’s wins over Temple and Louisville. Boston College are coming off a 38-20 win over the Cardinals two weeks ago. The schedule makers did them so favors by giving them a bye before their showdown with the Hurricanes. However, Miami are coming off a bye as well, after they dropped a 16-13 decision to Virginia two weeks ago.
N’Kosi Perry got pulled early against Virginia, as the quarterback struggled to string some drives together. He finished with 20 yards and 2 interceptions on 3-for-6 passing. Rosier was better, but he struggled to read for the Virginia defense as well. He passed for 170 yards with an interception on 12-for-23 passing. The most effective weapon that Miami had on offense was running back Travis Homer, who galloped for 95 yards on just 8 carries.
The Hurricanes aren’t exactly sure who should be starting this game. They will be going with Rosier, but Mark Richt stated both will likely play. In other words, Miami aren’t truly confident in either of them to get the job done. They’re going to have a hyped Boston College defense on the other side that they will have to silence early in this one. Another poor start like what happened against Virginia, and it’s going to be difficult to find a rhythm. Head below for our free Miami vs. Boston College pick for Friday night in Chesnut Hill.
Miami Hurricanes vs. Boston College Eagles NCAAF Betting Odds:
Miami -3.5 (-105)
vs. Boston College +3.5(-115)
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Miami vs. Boston College Pick:
The way Rosier has been playing this season, it feels like he did little in the offseason to improve himself. There was a lot of excitement to see the steps that Rosier took to get better. With their talented defense, a good quarterback would do this team wonders. This is a fifth-year senior, Rosier has been around in this program and he isn’t anywhere on pace to match the 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions he threw a season ago.
He also ran for 468 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2017. However, Rosier has currently accumulated 5 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, and 107 rushing yards. He is connecting on just 52.1 percent of his passes. That was his problem last season, as he hit just 54 percent of his targets. Clean his accuracy up and NFL teams would have started paying attention, but he’s not on the CFL’s radar playing like this.
How Miami can’t get All-American wide receiver, Jeff Thomas, involved is kind of crazy. After playing a solid game against Toledo, Thomas has been invisible with just 97 yards and a touchdown in four games. Rosier and Perry have been unable to connect with him and the offense has struggled as a result. The best offensive player in this game is on BC’s roster. A.J. Dillon is running himself right to an NFL team with the college career he’s having. Dillon has been absent with an injury, but will make his return against the Hurricanes. He has 677 yards and 7 touchdowns on the season with a 6.2 average. Dillon ran for 1,589 yards as a freshman in 2017.
Without Dillon, David Bailey took care of the rock with 112 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. Anthony Brown has been sharp at quarterback for the Eagles as well. He’s tossed 14 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in this pro-style attack. Boston College have quietly racked up 447 yards and 40 points per game.
Behind their talented offensive line, finding yardage has been relatively easy for them. Conversely, the Hurricanes are tied for 73rd with 399 yards per game. The line is fishy here for a reason. Boston College are a better team than people want to give them credit for, and without a quarterback for Miami, they’re up against a team who is going to be way more juiced up than the Canes. I see Miami overlooking this BC team and getting into a tough battle with the Eagles.