Georgia Tech vs Boston College Prediction
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Georgia Tech and Boston College will start their 2016-2017 season in Dublin Ireland. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have been installed as the favorite at -3.5, with a total for both teams set at 44 points. This game will start at 4:30am Las Vegas time….yep. I will roll out of bed and be sitting in front of my computer watching the game and going over last minute details on the days games. But, I will be watching.
Georgia Tech vs Boston College; Time, Date, Odds
When: 7:30 AM ET, Saturday, September 3, 2016
Where: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Betting Line: Georgia Tech -3.5
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About Georgia Tech
Offense: Starters returning – 6; Defense: Starters returning – 5
The Yellow Jackets look to bounce back after a disappointing season in which their streak of 18 consecutive bowl appearances came to an end. Senior QB Justin Thomas should have a good year behind a quality offensive line.
Over the last four years the Yellow Jackets have been a solid program going 28-25 straight up. However last year they only managed a 3-9 record straight up. The record against the spread over the last four years has been close to the SU record with a 27-26 record. Last year the line against the spread was identical to the SU record at 3-9. The in conference ATS record last year was a miserable 1-7 and the road ATS was 0-5.
In 2015 the offense was average ranking 63rd in points scored with 29.3 per game average. The strength of the offense was of course, the running game which ranked 8th in the country averaging 256.2 yards per game. On defense they were again, an average team. They ranked 51rd in the country and gave up 25.8 points per game. Where they really suffered was stopping the run. They allowed 4.69 yards per rush play which ranked 92nd in the country.
About Boston College Eagles
Offense: Starters returning – 8; Defense: Starters returning – 7
Boston College was a strange and painful team to watch last year. They had the nation’s top ranked defense and third worst offense. In comes new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, from Virginia Tech. He has some pieces to work with in RB Jon Hilliman and QB Patrick Towles who is a graduate transfer from Kentucky.
Over the last four years Boston College has a losing record straight up at 19-31. The ATS record was slightly better at 23-26 . Last year the Eagles 3-9 straight up and 4-7 ATS. There was an interesting ATS split last year with the Eagles going 3-1 ATS on the road and 1-6 at home.
In 2015 they had some of the most pitiful numbers on offense you will ever see. Nationally they ranked; 121st in points scored, 127th in first downs per game, 126th in yards per game and 125th in passing yards per game. However, on defense; points allowed 4th, yards per game 1st, yards per play 1st and yards per rush 1st.
2015 Georgia Tech vs Boston College Betting Trends
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech is 1-9 ATS & SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Georgia Tech’s last 5 games
Boston College Eagles
Boston College is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston College’s last 5 games
Georgia Tech vs Boston College Pick
A road game for both teams as they will start the year in Ireland. If you have never been there, it is an absolutely beautiful place to go. Is 4:30am in the morning Las Vegas time to early to be drinking stout? Why not with an omelette as I go over the latest lines for the first full Saturday of college football.
The Boston College defense was no fluke. They will again be one of the top defenses in the country. On offense, they finally look like they might move up to being an average offense. They are good at stopping the run which is what you must do if you are going to have a chance with Georgia Tech and flexbone offense. This game will be a dogfight and I will lean to the the dog in it. One thing to watch for if you are going to do any in game betting or half time betting. The field condition. These fields are made for soccer players who are lighter and use shorter cleats. These big guys can rip up a filed in no time. That will slow down the offense as the players will not be able to cut or accelerate like they are used to. As long as I can get the Eagles +3.5 or more I am on them. If it gets bet down below 3 points then take the Eagles on the money line.