The Boston College Eagles have struggled in bowl games over the years and they are underdogs on the AdvoCare V100 Bowl odds menu against the Arizona Wildcats.
Boston College is just 1-6 ATS in its past seven bowl games and a recent trend in this bowl points to fading the Eagles again with Arizona opening as 7.5-point chalk.
Favorites are 8-2 ATS against the NCAA betting lines in the past 10 editions of this game, formerly known as the Independence Bowl.
Boston College’s four-game winning streak came to a halt in its season finale with a 34-31 loss to Syracuse as a 2.5-point road favorite to drop it to an even 4-4 SU in the ACC this season.
The total went OVER the 51.5-point closing line against the Orange and it has now gone OVER in the Eagles' last five games. They come into this matchup with a 6-3 record ATS in their last nine contests.
Look for a heavy dose of Andre Williams in this game. He led the nation in rushing this season with 2,102 yards on 329 attempts for an average of 6.4 yards a carry. He also led the team in touchdowns with 17.
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The Eagles (ACC, 7-5 SU, 7-5 ATS, 8-4 OU) struggled to find the end zone at times with an average of 28.4 points per game and their defense was ranked 73rd in the nation in points allowed (27.8).
The Wildcats (Pac-12, 7-5 SU, 5-6-1 ATS, 4-8 OU) dropped three of their last four games to close out their season. They followed up an impressive 42-16 victory over then-No. 5 Oregon as 20.5-point home underdogs by getting hammered by Arizona State 58-21 in their season finale as 10-point underdogs on the road.
Arizona went 1-4 ATS in its final five games and the total stayed UNDER in four of those games.
This was another team that did a good job at moving the ball on the ground with an average of 265.8 rushing yards a game. Ka’Deem Carey did most of the damage with 1,716 yards on 322 carries, but quarterback BJ Denker proved to be a duel threat with 2,241 yards passing and 14 touchdowns to go along with another 898 yards and 12 scores on the ground.
Arizona’s defense stood firm for the most part by allowing an average of 24.7 points a game.
Arizona has been opened as a 7.5-point favorite over the Eagles with the total set at 57. The UNDER is 5-1 in the past six bowl games Arizona has played since 1997.