College Football Week 10: #2 Clemson Tigers at #17 Boston College Eagles
On of the great things, as well as the most infuriating, for the average fan watching college football is that no team is ever really safe. For example, the Alabama Crimson Tide have been the best team in the nation all season long, but if they go on to lose to Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, they could still miss out on the playoffs, depending on how things go in the other Power 5 conferences, as well as with Notre Dame.
The same rules apply to the Clemson Tigers. They look like the one team that could really push Alabama to the limit, but they are also in a position where one loss could be fatal, especially when you consider the quality of the teams that they have remaining on their regular season schedule.
We mean no disrespect to Boston College, as they are having themselves a fine season, but they are still seriously up against it this weekend. Clemson will be coming into this game as a 19½ point favorite, with the point total set at 57½.
#2 Clemson Tigers at #17 Boston College Eagles
Why bet on the Clemson Tigers?
If we are being honest, the conversations about the Clemson Tigers being potential National Champion winners didn’t really begin in earnest until a few short weeks ago. After all, this was a team that struggled to get past Texas A&M and Syracuse earlier in the season, and who decided to bench starting QB Kelly Bryant in favor of Trevor Lawrence.
There were some who thought that move might backfire, especially after Bryant decided to leave the program, but it suddenly now looks like a stroke of genius. The Tigers have not so quietly slipped into high gear over the last month of the season, winning their last 4 games by a combined score of 240-36.
They are now going to head into Chestnut Hill to face a Boston College team that they have beaten in 9 of their last 10 meetings. Clemson will be looking to extend their ATS cover streak to 5 in a row.
Why bet on the Boston College Eagles?
We should probably not totally sleep on a Boston College Eagles team that is coming into this one with an impressive 7-2 record on the season. They are winners of 3 straight games, but they have also covered the spread in each of their last 4.
The Eagles have been particularly tough to take down when playing in their own building, as they have gone a perfect 5-0 in games on the home field, going 4-1 ATS in those meetings.
While Boston College certainly deserve credit for a great season, they are running into a total juggernaut in the Clemson Tigers. It is worth noting that the Eagles have covered the spread in 4 of their last 5 meetings with Clemson, so let’s not totally overlook them here.
Expert Pick and Prediction
I just have a tough time seeing anyone slow down the Clemson Tigers given how they are playing right now. Boston College will certainly have a go at them in front of what is sure to be a raucous home crowd, but I have to take Clemson to win and cover.
Predicted Score: Clemson Tigers 43 | Boston College Eagles 20
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