The Syracuse Orange battle the Boston College Eagles on Friday night in an all-ACC affair. Syracuse is 4-4, but they lost their fourth straight last week, falling to Virginia Tech 38-10. Boston College is trending in the opposite direction, as they’ve won four in a row to get to 5-3. The Orange have won the last two meetings versus the Eagles, but they have been awful lately, so we’ll see if that changes on Friday.
Will BC keep rolling, or will the Orange find a way at home?
Friday night lights 🦅
🏟 at Syracuse
🗓️ Friday, November 3
⏰ 7:30 PM ET
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— Boston College Football (@BCFootball) October 30, 2023
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- Fixture: Boston College vs Syracuse
- Date and Time: November 3, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. EST
- Location: JMA Wireless Dome, Syracuse, NY
- Weather Forecast: Partially Cloudy, 49 degrees
The Eagles have been solid in the run game, averaging 211 rushing yards per game, the 14th-most in the country. They run the ball 43.8 times per contest, and overall, they’re 47th in total yards per game with 419.4. They lean much more on their running backs, but they can break off some big plays here and there.
BC’s defense has had its ups and downs, but they were great vs UConn last week, allowing just 222 total yards. The Eagles run defense has really struggled at times, and as a result, opponents go run-heavy when facing them.
The Orange have been terrible on offense lately, tallying 0 rushing yards against Virginia Tech this past weekend. They only recorded 138 passing yards, and they’ve been held under 300 total yards for four straight games. They’ll have to figure out how to move the ball in this one if they want to snap their losing streak.
Defensively, the Orange have been inconsistent and subpar overall. BC loves to run the ball, so we’ll see if their 78th-ranked defense (in the fewest yards allowed) can hold them in check.
Syracuse has looked terrible recently, but they are slim favorites here. Even though they’re on a four-game skid, they’ve been underdogs in all four of those matchups. BC has covered their past two road games, and their run game should pose enough problems for the Orange. Expect the Eagles to hang and at least cover.
Pick: Boston College +3 (-110)
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