The Clemson Tigers weren’t in their best element last Saturday, but that did not stop them from crushing the Syracuse Orange for their sixth consecutive win since the season started. The Boston College Eagles must have taken cues from that relatively bad performance from Clemson, as they plan to give the Tigers a fight this coming Saturday. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Boston College Eagles vs Clemson Tigers NCAA Week 9 College Football Game on October 31, 2020
Where: Memorial Stadium , Clemson, SC
When: Saturday, October 31, 2020, 12:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ABC
Betting on the Boston College Eagles (+31)
Record: 4-2 Overall / 3-2 Conference
After a 40-14 loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies in Week 7, Boston College rebounded by overwhelming the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at home last Saturday, 48-27. Eagles quarterback Phil Jurkovec was fantastic under center for the Eagles, as he passed for 145 yards and two touchdowns without an interception on 13-of-21 completions while also leading his team in the ground attack with his 94 rushing yards on seven carries. Of course, it’s unlikely for him to be that effective against Clemson’s defense, so the Eagles will have to diversify their options. Boston College doesn’t usually run the ball, but it’s important for them to at least keep Clemson guessing and prevent themselves from being too predictable. Running backs David Bailey and Zay Flowers can take much of the load from Jurkovec, especially after combining for three rushing scores in the win over Georgie Tech. Clemson allowed 4.7 yards per carry to the Syracuse Orange last Saturday, so that’s at least one good sign for Boston College.
Boston College, which is averaging 27.5 points per game, is 3-2 against the spread in its last five games overall.
Betting on the Clemson Tigers (-31)
Record: 6-0 Overall / 5-0 Conference
Clemson got a “scare” last Saturday, if you’d consider it one, when the Tigers defeated the Orange at home 47-21. The Tigers entered the game as huge 48-point favorites but were only even just ahead by six points late in the third period. Despite the relatively ugly play for the Tigers, especially on offense, they managed to break away in the fourth, thanks in large part to their defense that forced four turnovers. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence passed for two touchdowns and an interception on 27-of-43 completions, while running back Travis Etienne rushed for 86 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries. Etienne left the game in the third quarter, but it doesn’t seem that his participation for next Saturday’s showdown with Boston College is in jeopardy, as head coach Dabo Swinney revealed after the Syracuse game that it was just because of cramps. The Tigers are fourth in the nation with 48.0 points per game and 11th in scoring defense with just 16.2 points allowed per contest. Last year, Lawrence and Etienne combined for six touchdowns in a 59-7 home win over Boston College.
Clemson is 6-4 against the spread in its last 10 home games.
Clemson wins, 48-20.
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