We reach the midway point in the season and with it, the first of what are absolutely must win games for Boston College in their quest to return to a bowl game. Most, if not all, agree the Eagles must get Saturday's game against Syracuse, along with the November 19 home finale vs UConn and then find a way to squeak one out at NC State or Wake, with both Louisville and Florida State seeming more than a bit out of reach.
The Vegas spread on this one is looking for a BC win, with the Eagles between a 4 1/2 and 6 point favorite. The Book for its part, isn't buying any of it and has Syracuse as an oh so slight, 0.2 point favorite.
Speaking of The Book picking winners, not so good for week 7. The weekend was dominated by underdogs covering larger spreads and had a very deliterious impact on my winning percentage, going just 21-31-1 for the week to once again, drop slightly below .500 for the season.
Underdogs were definitely the story of week 7. Granted few won (Syracuse over Virginia Tech a notable example), but outside of Alabama-Tennessee, most of the favorites and even heavy favorites squeaked by. Much like an accordion being pushed in, that did much to condense the pack of teams, with the top and bottom both pushed toward the middle. Now it won't have a great deal of bearing on this week's CFP committee style ranking, but it definitely will have a bearing on the power poll we do as well and that power poll is what determines the values to be used in the poll you see below..so extremely important.
On the national scene, Bama's rout in Knoxville pushed the Tide above the idle A&M Aggies, although that will be settled on this Saturday in Tuscaloosa, with The Book and Vegas looking for another Alabama rout.
Look out for West Virginia. Now much like Baylor, the Mountaineers haven't gotten to the meat of their schedule, but they are undefeated and hold the sixth best undefeated resume. With those stronger, more highly ranked opponents still to come, it is not totally out of question that WVU could be in line for a playoff spot as Alabama and Texas A&M as well as Ohio State and Michigan, will effectively reduce their four spots down to two or fewer by the end of the season.
By the way, if I told you before the season that there was a poll that had BC ranked within one spot of Notre Dame and one spot ahead of Michigan State, would you take it? Such is the Massey aggregate poll, where the Eagles are #82, with the Irish #81 and Sparty in free fall at #83.
Enjoy the games and Go Eagles!
Here is a week by week look at the CFP style top 4:
|3||Alabama||Ohio State||Texas A&M||Houston|
|7||Alabama||Clemson||Texas A&M||Ohio State|
|7||North Carolina State||4-2||32||34|
|at Virginia Tech||3.3||Miami|
|at Boise State||1.4||Brigham Young|
|South Florida||9.8||at Temple|
|Washington State||9.9||at Arizona State|
|at Washington||38.8||Oregon State|
|at Alabama||17.0||Texas A&M|
|at Connecticut||2.0||Central Florida|
|Oklahoma||14.4||at Texas Tech|
|at West Virginia||15.0||TCU|
|Syracuse||0.2||at Boston College|
|at Louisville||13.4||North Carolina State|
|North Carolina||15.3||at Virginia|
|at Western Michigan||35.3||Eastern Michigan|
|Ohio State||19.5||at Penn State|
|at South Carolina||29.7||Massachusetts|