The hits keep coming for the Boston College football team.
The Wynn Las Vegas has installed BC as a 12.5-point road underdog this weekend at Georgia Tech. It's the second straight game where the Eagles will be a double digit dog on the road. I was a bit surprised by this line initially and figured it would be even higher coming off a devastating 51-7 loss to Florida State where the coaching staff waved the white flag at halftime.
The BC defense hasn't been able to get off the field against Division I-A opponents all season and Georgia Tech runs a similar offense to Army, which gutted the Eagles D to the tune of 516 yards on the ground and 596 in total. Only difference is Georgia Tech will be running the offense with 11 scholarship players.
Georgia Tech is coming off a bye week, but has had similar struggles on defense this season. The Jackets defense currently ranks 91st nationally conceded 431 yards per game. The bad start on defense cost Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh his job. For comparison, Boston College's defense ranks 118th nationally, giving up an average of 498 yards a game.
In the two teams only meetings as members of the ACC, Boston College was a 6.5 point favorite over Georgia Tech in the 2008 ACC home opener. The Eagles lost 19-16. The season before BC was a 6.5 point dog at 15th ranked Georgia Tech and won 24-10.
Gambling notes: Boston College is 0-5 on the year against the spread vs. Division I-A opponents. Georgia Tech is 3-3. The Eagles are 0-3 on the road while the Jackets are 2-2 at home.
In other ACC lines, Clemson is an 11-point favorite at home against Virginia Tech. N.C. State is a 3.5-point favorite on the road at Maryland. Duke is a 9-point home dog against North Carolina, while Virginia is a 4.5-point favorite over Wake Forest. Finally, fresh off a 44 point annihilation of Boston College, Florida State has been installed as a 17.5 point favorite on the road at Miami.