Through the first four weeks of the college football season, no team has kept the game within four touchdowns of the Florida State Seminoles. Oddsmakers are betting on Boston College (?) to be the first program to do so this season. The early week 5 college football lines are in with the Wynn Las Vegas installing the Eagles as a 22 point home underdog in this weekend's matchup with Florida State.
That point spread represents not only a recent low point for Boston College football but also serves as a reminder of darker days on the Heights. The Eagles haven't been this significant a home underdog in 17 seasons, when Boston College was a 23-point home underdog to Notre Dame in November 1996. BC lost by 27, 48-21. Days before that game, a full-blown scandal had erupted on campus when 13 Boston College players were suspended for betting on college and pro sports events. The Eagles managed to tie that game 21-21 in the third quarter, but the Irish scored four unanswered TDs to win easily.
[Don't gamble, kids.]
Florida State leads the all-time ACC series between the two Atlantic Division programs 5-3 and is currently on a three-game win streak. Last year, the Seminoles were a 29-point home favorite over BC and routed the Eagles to the tune of 51-7. FSU is 3-0-0 ATS this year while Boston College is 1-2-0.
2012: Florida State 51, Boston College 7 (FSU -29)
2011: Florida State 38, Boston College 7 (FSU -14.5)
2010: Florida State 24, Boston College 19 (BC +21.5)
2009: Boston College 28, Florida State 21 (BC +3.5)
2008: Boston College 27, Florida State 17 (BC +7)
2007: Florida State 27, Boston College 17 (FSU +6.5)
2006: Boston College 24, Florida State 19 (BC +7)
2005: Florida State 28, Boston College 17 (FSU -1)
Thoughts on the opening line? Too low? Too high? Just right?
Other week 5 lines of note:
- Army, Boston College's week 6 opponent, is a 2 point dog at Louisiana Tech.
- Clemson is a 28 1/2-point favorite as they host Wake Forest. #therivalry
- North Carolina is an 12-point home favorite over East Carolina.
- Georgia Tech is a 7 1/2-point home favorite as they host Virginia Tech on Thursday night.
- New Mexico State is a 18 1/2-point home underdog to San Diego State.
- N.C. State is a 24-point home favorite over Central Michigan.