With one game left in the regular season, gamblers have had nothing to work with off the Boston College Eagles. Despite being 3-8 on the year, BC is 5-6 against the spread, including 4-0 in games considered "road games." After losing by only three to Notre Dame on Saturday, the Eagles cemented themselves as one of the hardest teams to bet against, especially in road games.
As a result, Vegas gamblers installed Boston College as 3.5 point favorites over the Syracuse Orange for their season finale at the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon.
While the BC success at covering the spread on the road would be optimism for Eagles fans, Syracuse remains one of the toughest outs against the spread at home. Also 3-8 on the season, the Orange are 6-5 against the spread this season after losing by 13 against a 12 points spread to NC State last weekend. But that game was on the road, and Syracuse enters Saturday with a 5-1 record at home.
Both BC and Syracuse enter the weekend on the string of long losing streaks. After opening the season 3-0 with wins over Rhode Island, Wake Forest, and Central Michigan, the Orange lost eight in a row. They hung tough with then-eighth ranked LSU but ultimately lost by 10. They took Virginia to three overtimes but lost by six and dropped decisions by 10 points or less to Pittsburgh and Clemson, ranked #25 and #1, respectively.
Boston College won three of their first four games of the season, although two were against FCS opponents. After beating Maine and Howard, the Eagles lost, 14-0, to Florida State, before rallying for a win over Northern Illinois. Since then, they've lost only three games by ten points or more, dropping by 17 to Clemson (then fifth in the nation), 16 to Virginia Tech, and 16 to NC State. They most recently lost by only three to Notre Dame this past weekend.