The Boston College Eagles and Pittsburgh Panthers will both feature youthful rosters Friday night, which will provide the home underdogs value at Alumni Stadium.
Pittsburgh opened up its 2014 campaign with a 62-0 victory over Delaware as 24-point favorites last week, as it won the statistical battle by a 501-57 margin, while going OVER the betting total of 59.5.
The Panthers are fielding one of their youngest rosters in memory, which is important to consider when making your Week 2 college football picks, as they went through training camp with 81 underclassmen—the highest total of any FBS team in the country.
It’s important to point out that the program is 2-3 ATS as road favorites under third-year head coach Paul Chryst.
A lot of youth
Boston College managed to pick up a 30-7 victory over Massachusetts as 17-point road favorites in its opener—recording over 500 yards of total offense for the first time since Nov. 9, 2013.
The Eagles have 96 total players on their roster, with 48 percent of them being freshmen or sophomores, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football odds on Friday.
The team is one of 16 schools in the country whose coaching staff is returning all nine assistant coaches and the head coach for a second season, but Boston College is also trying to replace Doak Walker Award winner Andre Williams.
Voytik passes his first test
Making his first collegiate start, Panthers signal-caller Chad Voytik was 10-for-13 passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns, while the overall unit surpassed the 500-yard mark for the seventh time under Chryst.
Voytik should benefit from having eight returning starters around him offensively, but college football handicappers will want to keep an eye on wide receiver Tyler Boyd’s status, as he’s listed as questionable with a finger injury.
Boyd was the nation’s most productive freshman receiver a year ago—compiling 85 catches for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns.
Murphy is capable
Steve Addazio recruited Tyler Murphy to Florida during his time on the coaching staff in Gainesville, which is why the second-year head coach is glad that he got the graduate transfer to join him in Chestnut Hill, MA.
Murphy completed 17 of 24 passes for 173 yards and threw for a touchdown with an interception in the opener, while he also gained 118 critical yards on the ground.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Eagles as one of their Week 2 college football picks, as I established the Panthers as slight one-point road favorites in this matchup.
Boston College compiled a perfect 2-0 ATS record as a home underdog in Addazio’s first year on campus in 2013.
College Football Pick: Boston College Eagles +4.5 at Pinnacle Sports