Many readers have asked if 34.5 points is the most that BC has been an underdog in its history? The short answer is YES, at least since 1995.
Using the site OddsShark we went back and looked at every BC spread since 1995, as that seems to be the earliest that the site has data on historic lines. Here’s what we found:
-The largest underdog BC has been since 1995 is 29 points back in 2012, against Florida State. That of course was Frank Spaziani’s last year as coach. The ‘Noles wiped out BC 51-7 in Tallahassee as EJ Manuel threw for 439 yards. BC was only able to muster 225 yards of offense in that game.
-The second largest spread where we found BC as an underdog came way back in 1997, when BC was a 28.5 point underdog at Syracuse. That was Donovan McNabb’s junior season and a year that ended in a trip to the Fiesta Bowl for ‘Cuse. BC finished 4-7 that year.
-In 2002 BC was a 27 point underdog at Miami. That BC team was actually pretty good and went to a bowl game that year. Miami wound up losing to Ohio State in the title game
-This will mark the third time since 1995 that BC is more than a four touchdown underdog in a game.