We’re still months away from the kickoff of the 2017 NCAA football season, but there are already early odds being posted in the Las Vegas sportsbooks.
South Point Casino has the Eagles as a somewhat surprising 2 point underdog to the Northern Illinois Huskies (shout out to our friends at Eagle Outsider for the find). However, as the game is being played in Dekalb, that would put Boston College as a one point favorite (roughly) at a neutral site.
Still, Vegas is looking at this as a close game, which should probably raise an eyebrow. NIU wasn’t very good last year (5-7 overall, 0-4 out of conference), and while BC didn’t exactly go set the world aflame at 7-6, we’re probably going to see a more talented team take the field this year. The Eagles will be looking at having an upgrade at QB with Darius Wade back under center (unless we see some offseason polishing from raw but talented RS-Freshman Anthony Brown), and the defense should still be #FireEmoji due in no small part to the return of Harold Landry, one of the best defensive ends in the country.
There are still three months (yikes) between now and the season opener on September 1st, so we’ll see if that line moves at all by then.