Boston College Vs. Boise State: First Responder Bowl Trends & Betting History

Thursday, December 13, 2018 1:43 PM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 1:43 PM UTC

The inaugural First Responders Bowl on December 26 is a rematch of the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl, as Boise State aims to avenge a 27-21 loss to Boston College in their only clash ever. Here's some key numbers, trends, and betting history to help out. 

2018 First Responder Bowl: Boston College vs. Boise State

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Formerly the Heart of Dallas Bowl, this is the first edition of the First Responder Bowl, played at Cotton Bowl Stadium. With future tie-ins to the Big Ten Conference and Conference USA, due to eligibility and assignment issues, the inaugural game will feature Mountain West representative Boise State and Boston College from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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Heart of Dallas Bowl Results
Season Winner Loser Final Line Total Winner ATS O/U
2010 Texas Tech Northwestern 45-38 -8.5 61.5 L O
2011 Houston Penn St. 30-14 -7 56 W U
2012 Oklahoma St. Purdue 58-14 -17.5 69.5 W O
2013 N. Texas UNLV 36-14 -6.5 54 W U
2014 La. Tech Illinois 35-18 -6.5 57 W U
2015 Washington S. Mississippi 44-31 -8 54 W O
2016 Army N. Texas 38-31 -11 48.5 L O
2017 Utah W. Virginia 30-14 -7 54.5 W U

Heart of Dallas Key Betting Numbers

Average Victory Margin: 17.7
Average Line: -9.0
Favorite ATS: 6-2
Average Total: 56.9
O/U Record: 4-4
O/U Margin: 4.3
Largest Underdog Upset: N/A
Largest Spread: Oklahoma St. -17.5 (2013)
Largest Rout: Oklahoma St. 58, Purdue 14 (2013)

Heart of Dallas Summary & Trends

The betting favorite has won every game, which includes six laying just single-digits.

Losers muster just 21.8 points per game.

All but one winner (Houston 2011) allowed fewer rushing yards per game for the season entering the event. In 2018, Boise State yields 128.2 rushing yards per contest, as opposed to 148.8 for Boston College.

Conference H2H: Mountain West vs. ACC

The ACC is 15-12 SU (55.6 percent) and 13-14 ATS (48.1 percent), going off a -4.1 average favorite. In two bowl games, the Power 5 conference is winless, Georgia Tech the loser in each.

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Boise State Broncos (10-3 SU, 7-5-1 ATS)

Seasons: 23
Bowl Record: 12-6
Coach, Bowl Record: Bryan Harsin, (3-1 SU, 3-1 ATS)

All of Harsin’s bowl appearances occurred at Boise State, the coach skipping Arkansas State’s 23-20 win over Ball State in the 2014 GoDaddy Bowl his lone season in charge of the Red Wolves. The Broncos typically get off to a hot start in postseason events behind Harsin, averaging 23.0 points before the half.

Boise State vs. ACC

SU Record: 2-2
Average Margin: 5.0
ATS Record: 2-2
Average Line: -3.4

Boise played Boston College in the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl in its only bowl game against an ACC opponent. The Eagles won 27-21 as a 2.5-point favorite.

Boston College Eagles (7-5 SU, 6-5-1 ATS)

Seasons: 84
Bowl Record: 14-12
Coach, Bowl Record: Steve Addazio, (2-3 SU, 2-3 ATS)

All five bowl games for Addazio have gone “over” the betting total. A 57.4 average score is soaring 9.8 points past a 47.6 total.

Boston College vs. Mountain West

SU Record: 3-1
Average Margin: 8.7
ATS Record: 3-1
Average Line: -3.8

In four matchups, no Mountain West program has posted more than 24 points against the Eagles, averaging 17.8 per tilt.

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