After declaring victory in the "Bay For The Bay State," Boston College now shifts attention to its week 2 opponent, the Pittsburgh Panthers.
Vegas oddsmakers expect a close game between the Eagles and Panthers as the Wynn Las Vegas has installed Boston College as a 3-point underdog for this Friday's home game against Pitt. The Panthers are coming off a 62-0 drubbing of (head coach Dave Brock and the) Delaware Blue Hens in week 1, while the Eagles finally found the end zone in the second half en route to a 30-7 victory over their Commonwealth "rivals."
This is the first meeting between the two programs as members of the ACC. Despite the occasional blowout, Boston College and Pitt have played in some tightly contested battles during their time in the Big East. Six of the last 10 meetings were decided by one score or less, with two of the last three meetings going to overtime -- both BC losses.
2004: Pittsburgh 20, Boston College 17 (Pitt +8)
2003: Pittsburgh 24, Boston College 13 (Pitt -2.5)
2002: Pittsburgh 19, Boston College 16 (BC +4.5)
2001: Boston College 45, Pittsburgh 7 (BC -11.5)
2000: Pittsburgh 42, Boston College 26 (Pitt -3.5)
1999: Boston College 20, Pittsburgh 16 (BC +3.5)
1998: Boston College 23, Pittsburgh 15 (BC -1.5)
1997: Boston College 22, Pittsburgh 21 (Pitt +3)
1996: Pittsburgh 20, Boston College 13 (Pitt +11)
1995: Boston College 17, Pittsburgh 0 (BC -10)
Pitt owns a slight 19-16 edge in the all-time series -- winners of three straight and four of the last five -- but it's BC that finished with a 8-5 advantage in the Big East series. The series is knotted at 5-5 over the last 10 games, and 5-5 against the spread.
Other early week 2 lines of note:
-- N.C. State is an 17-point home favorite vs. Old Dominion.
-- Duke is an 17-point road favorite at Troy.
-- Georgia Tech is a 10.5-point road favorite at Tulane.
-- North Carolina is a 13.5-point favorite as the Heels host San Diego State.
-- Virginia Tech is a 14-point road dog at Ohio State.
-- Boston College's next opponent, USC, is a 5-point road dog at Stanford.
-- Colorado State is a 10-point road dog in the Rams' Mountain West Conference opener vs. Boise State.
-- Colorado is a 18-point road favorite at UMass. The Buffs are coming off a 31-17 loss to in-state rival Colorado State, Boston College's week 5 opponent.
No lines on the Clemson (South Carolina State), Florida State (The Citadel), Louisville (Murray State), Miami (Florida A&M), Virginia (Richmond) and Wake Forest (Gardner Webb) games as all are in action against FCS opponents in week 2.