On Saturday, the Central Michigan Chippewas play their second straight non-conference game as they travel to Chestnut Hill to take on the Boston College Eagles. The Chippewas look to get above .500 on the season, while BC looks to rebound from a shocking collapse in their game last week. Kickoff inside Boston College Alumni Stadium is at 1 P.M. ET.
Central Michigan (2-2) is coming off a tough loss to Miami of Ohio 31-14. The Chippewas started the season at 2-0 but have dropped the last two games. They look to get back on the winning path by heading to Massachusetts and defeating a shaken Boston College team.
Last week, the Eagles (1-3) played Clemson tough for 3 quarters and were tied 7-7 heading into the fourth quarter. It was the shock of the week up until that point. But, Clemson woke up and outscored BC 27-0 in the fourth to win the game 34-7. BC is looking to rebound and play a complete game this week at home versus Central Michigan.
Boston College opened as a 7.5 point favorite, and the line has remained unchanged. The Over/Under opened at 50 points and has come down to 49 total points.
Let’s just get this out of the way right now, if it wasn’t for Northern Illinois stumbling late in the game against BC in Week 1, the Eagles would be 0-4 on the season. BC kicked a field goal with 2 minutes left in the game to win the game. Since then, BC has lost 3 straight games by a combined score of 117-37. In other words, Boston College is just a bad football team.
The Eagles give up 34 points per game and over 442 total yards per game. Even more depressing for BC fans is that the team only averages 15 points per game with their highest point total being the 23 points they scored against Northern Illinois. But, with all of that being said, BC is still a better team than the Central Michigan Chippewas from the MAC conference.
The Chippewas have lost 2 straight games by a combined score of 74-31. Their two wins on the season were against the lowly Kansas Jayhawks and the University of Rhode Island, which they needed 3 overtimes to beat them.
Boston College is 3-0 against Central Michigan all-time and have outscored them over that span by an average of 35ppg to 11ppg. They’ve also forced an average of 2 turnovers per game and you can expect BC to do the same this week as Central Michigan’s quarterback Shane Morris already has 5 interceptions on the season.
Morris leads the Chippewas passing attack that averages 306 yards per game. However, defending the pass is BC’s strength as they only allow 147.5 yards per game through the air. So, I expect the BC defense to make Morris’ life difficult on Saturday as they force a few turnovers and hold the Chippewas well below their season average of 26 points per game.
BC doesn’t do anything impressive on offense, but the Chippewas do allow 458 total yards per game, which bodes well for the Eagles. I expect running back Jon Hilliman to have a big game as Central Michigan does give up 183 rushing yards per game. Other than that, I don’t see anyone else on both teams really standing out in this contest. This is one of those games that will be forgotten by next week.
Look for a final score of 27-17 as BC isn’t good enough to shutout the Chippewas and not effective enough on offense to blow them out.
Central Michigan is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games and have the same record in their last 6 road games. The Chippewas are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games against the ACC and 4-10 ATS as an underdog of 7.5 to 10 points on the road.