With three games to go, Boston College needs just one more victory to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2010. The best shot at win #6 comes this weekend, where the Eagles find themselves an 8-point home favorite against N.C. State on Senior Day.
You have to go back six seasons to find a game where Boston College was a bigger home favorite vs. an ACC opponent (BC -14.5 vs. Miami in 2007). This weekend's line represents the direction the two programs have been heading of late. After starting the Dave Doeren era with a fast 3-1 start to the year, including a competitive home loss to Clemson, the 'Pack has now lost five straight -- all in ACC play. N.C. State is seeking its first conference victory of the year. The latest setback was a 38-20 loss to Duke in which the 'Pack found itself with a fourth quarter lead.
Boston College (5-4, 2-3 ACC) can simultaneously become bowl eligible and knock N.C. State (3-6, 0-6 ACC) out of the conference's bowl picture with a win this weekend.
Boston College has won four of the last six in the series, but it's N.C. State that is coming off a 27-10 victory in the final game coached by Tom O'Brien and Frank Spaziani. The Eagles own a slight 5-3 edge in the all-time series. BC and N.C. State are 4-4 ATS over the last eight.
2012: N.C. State 27, Boston College 10 (NCST -13.5)
2011: Boston College 14, N.C. State 10 (BC +2.5)
2010: N.C. State 44, Boston College 14 (NCST -9.5)
2009: Boston College 52, N.C. State 20 (BC -2.5)
2008: Boston College 38, N.C. State 31 (NCST +7.5)
2007: Boston College 37, N.C. State 17 (BC -13.5)
2006: N.C. State 17, Boston College 15 (NCST +6.5)
2005: Boston College 30, N.C. State 10 (BC -5)
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North Carolina-Pitt is the game to pay attention to this weekend as both Pitt (5-4) and North Carolina (4-5) are within striking distance of bowl eligibility. North Carolina needs two wins out of at Pitt, Old Dominion, Duke, while Pitt needs just one out of Carolina, at Syracuse, Miami. The line, which started as a pick'em, has already shifted to North Carolina -1.