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Boston College Opens As A 5 1/2 Point Underdog At Northwestern

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Sep 08, 2012; Evanston, IL, USA;  Northwestern Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter (2) runs the ball against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first quarter at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE
Sep 08, 2012; Evanston, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter (2) runs the ball against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first quarter at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

The early week 3 college football lines have installed Boston College as a 5 1/2 point underdog on the road at Northwestern. Last season, the Eagles opened the year as a 5 point favorite at home against Northwestern only to drop their season opener 24-17.

Sounds cliche, but something to keep an eye on in this weekend's matchup with Northwestern will be the turnover battle. Through two games, Boston College has already coughed the ball up four times and thrown one INT, though the Eagles are only -1 on the year (having turned over Maine three times in yesterday's win). In two wins over FBS opponents, Northwestern is already +4, forcing five turnovers and fumbling the ball just once. Northwestern is currently tied for 9th nationally in turnover margin, while Boston College is tied for 74th.

Hopefully Boston College does a better job protecting the football this weekend and there's a bit of a regression to the mean when it comes to the Wildcats turnover margin.

Around the ACC, in the Atlantic Division, Florida State is a 24 (!) point favorite over visiting Wake Forest, Connecticut a three point favorite on the road vs. Maryland in the RANGOON Bowl and N.C. State a 32 point favorite against South Alabama. There's no line on the Clemson-Furman game.

In the Coastal, Virginia Tech is a 10 point favorite at Pittsburgh. Georgia Tech is also a 10 point favorite at home against Virginia while North Carolina is only a 3 point underdog at Louisville. No lines for the ACC's FCS matchups between Miami-Bethune Cookman and Duke-North Carolina Central.

Notre Dame is just a 3 point dog at Michigan State and Army a 2 1/2 point dog at home against Northern Illinois.