Here is a smattering of some of the predictions going around on the internet. Very few sites have much faith in the Eagles this weekend.
Wake Forest 24, Boston College 17 (SCACCHoops.com)
The Eagles finally got in the win column last week against UMass, but this week's opponent is much tougher. Wake has been good offensively, and improving defensively. And BC's offense has been a bit of a mess. If Duke can go to BC and win, then Wake Forest should be able to. Tanner Price has thrown for 867 yards in three games, and should put up 275 through the air on a rather subpar secondary. If BC runs the ball like they normally do, they should be in this game.
Wake Forest 31, Boston College 17 (AthlonSports.com)
The Eagles picked up their first win of the season, but they had to step out of FBS play to do so, beating in-state rival UMass 45–17. The pressure is mounting on third-year coach Frank Spaziani. A loss at home to Wake Forest won’t help his cause. Wake Forest 31, Boston College 17
BC wins 58% of simulations, Wake Forest 42% (AccuScore)
AccuScore is forecasting a close game with Wake Forest winning 42% of simulations, and Boston College 58% of simulations. In close games, turnover margin is especially important. Wake Forest commits fewer turnovers in 32% of simulations and they go on to win 58% when they take care of the ball. Boston College wins 70% of the simulations in which they commit fewer turnovers.
Wake Forest 24, Boston College 20 (Scout.com)
This is a different Wake Forest team than the 2010 version, which just never found any footing. The Deacons are executing better on offense, getting a Riley Skinner-esque jolt from Price. Boston College, on the other hand, has major issues that won’t be erased by a rout of an FCS team. Yeah, the Eagles will exploit a vulnerable Wake secondary on occasion, but not quite enough to hold serve at home. The Demon Deacons have the requisite moxie to go into Alumni Stadium and swipe a close game from the Eagles.
Wake Forest 28, Boston College 23 (Washington Times)
The Eagles are looking to avoid some unpleasant territory --- becoming the first ACC team to lose at home to both Duke and Wake Forest since 1994 (Georgia Tech). Wake, meanwhile, comes off a bye week; the Demon Deacons had won six of their previous seven games when having at least 12 days to prepare before losing badly at Maryland last season.
Wake Forest 28, Boston College 17 (ESPN ACC Blog)
The eyeball test says the Deacs are the better team right now, and the statistics say they’ve got the better quarterback in Tanner Price. The Eagles will give Wake its best shot, and they’ll be more confident from their Week 4 win over UMass, but BC’s linebackers won’t be able to do it all.
Wake Forest 30, Boston College 23 (ACC Sports Journal)
Demon Deacons 30, Eagles 23 – The Eagles had lots of trouble with Duke’s passing game (Duke QB Sean Renfree posted 40 completions and 359 passing yards) two weeks ago. That bodes well for Price, who should post some impressive numbers against the Eagles’ depleted secondary.
Boston College 31, Wake Forest 27 (Eagle in Atlanta)
This might not make sense, but I think BC plays the game we should have played against Duke. Instead of getting picked apart, I think we pressure Price and force some turnovers. I also think the offense will be more effective.
Wake Forest 27, Boston College 24 (Soaring to Glory)
Tanner Price is off to a good start, and he is capable of putting up big yardage. Boston College’s secondary will allow him to take yards in large chunks, and that will be difficult to overcome. Further, I don’t expect him to make nearly as many mistakes as he made in the last game they played. The Eagles will get their chances, and will take advantage of some of them, but not all. I hope I’m wrong, but I’m going 27-24 Wake Forest.
Two writers picked Boston College, one Wake Forest (ACC Blogger)
The Picks: Brandon Rink – BC 21-20; Griffin Wong – BC 17-13; J.J. Greenstein – BC 24-10
If you find any other good previews, leave them in the comments.