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Boston College Opens As A 3.5 Point Road Underdog At Wake Forest

The 2-6 Boston College Eagles open as a 3.5 point road underdog for this weekend's game in Winston-Salem against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Streeter Lecka

The Wynn Las Vegas has installed Boston College as a 3.5 point road underdog this weekend at Wake Forest. It's the sixth time in nine games this season where the Eagles will head into the weekend as underdogs.

Boston College and Wake Forest have faced one another in some of the strangest games the Eagles have played since joining the ACC -- a 2006 road loss that led to the Deacons only Atlantic Division title, a victory in 2007 after spotting the Deacons 14 first quarter points, a come-from-behind victory in 2008 to put the Eagles in line for their second consecutive Atlantic Division title, an overtime winner on a recovered fumble and whatever the hell this was last season. No team in the Atlantic Division has played the Eagles close than the Demon Deacons, with the average margin of victory in seven ACC games at a little under a TD and extra point (6.6 points).

Boston College owns a 5-2 record in the ACC series with the Deacons, though Wake Forest got the better of BC in a 27-19 home loss last season.

Here are the results / point spreads from the last seven games between Boston College and Wake Forest:

2011: Wake Forest 27, Boston College 19 (Wake +1)
2010: Boston College 23, Wake Forest 13 (BC -3.5)
2009: Boston College 24, Wake Forest 21 OT (BC -1)
2008: Boston College 24, Wake Forest 21 (no line)
2007: Boston College 38, Wake Forest 28 (BC -6)
2006: Wake Forest 21, Boston College 14 (Wake +3.5)
2005: Boston College 35, Wake Forest 30 (Wake +13.5)

Despite the programs recent struggles under Spaz, Boston College football has feasted on the bottom half of the Atlantic Division, owning a 16-6 record against Maryland (6-2), N.C. State (5-2) and Wake Forest (5-2) in the ACC series. In fact, the last two years are the only two years where Boston College hasn't finished with a winning record vs. intra-division opponents (2-3). Even last year, when the Eagles finished with just a 3-5 ACC record, the program managed to knock off two of three of Maryland, N.C. State and Wake Forest. Food for thought for those who have short institutional memories and love to spin BC's recent program struggles to make the argument that the Eagles can't compete in the ACC.

In other week 10 opening lines, Georgia Tech is a 6.5 point road favorite at Maryland, while N.C. State is a 14.5 home favorite as the 'Pack hosts Virginia. Virginia Tech is a 2.5 point road favorite at Miami. No line yet on Clemson-Duke as Vegas waits to hear the status of Duke QB Sean Renfree. Also of note, the only program standing in the way of an undefeated Notre Dame heading to the Heights in two weeks -- Pittsburgh -- is a 17.5 point road dog this weekend vs. the Irish.