Boston College-NC State 'Over' the College Football Betting Total

Jeff Grant

Thursday, October 9, 2014 5:55 PM GMT

The Boston College Eagles and NC State Wolfpack are both led by a Florida transfer under center, which will lead to this ACC matchup going OVER the college football betting total.

Ground and Pound
Boston College ranks fifth in the country in averaging 316.8 rushing yards per game, which is important to consider when making your Week 7 college football predictions, considering it racked up 420 yards on the ground in last year’s 38-21 win as seven-point home favorites in last year’s meeting.

The Eagles haven’t lost a fumble in 262 carries this season, but they’ll be leaving the state of Massachusetts for the first time Saturday.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 0-3 SUATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 7 points, with the UNDER cashing in all three of those opportunities.

 

Back to Reality
NC State was on a real roll in winning its first four games of the season under second-year head coach Dave Doeren, but it allowed 97 points in dropping its last two contests to the Florida State Seminoles and Clemson Tigers.

The Wolfpack were clearly not themselves a week ago in suffering a 41-0 loss to the Tigers, as they blew a 24-7 first-quarter lead against the defending national champions in Week 5.

When looking over the college football betting odds in this Atlantic Coast Conference matchup, it’s important to realize that the team is 13-3 SU and 7-8 ATS as a favorite since 2012.

 

Sunshine State Connection
Tyler Murphy leads the country for most rushing yards by a signal-caller with 579, which isn’t surprising due to the talents he displayed as a Florida Gator before transferring. 

Murphy will see a familiar face on the other sideline, as Wolfpack quarterback Jacoby Brissett was a teammate of his in Gainesville in 2011 and 2012.  He ranks fourth in the ACC in racking up 261.8 yards of total offense per game.

 

A Long Stretch
The Wolfpack will be playing their seventh consecutive game to start the 2014 campaign, which is quite a long stretch after facing two of the better teams in the ACC the last two weeks, while also preparing for a rested opponent.

NC State must do a better job of defending the run in its 4-2-5 alignment, as it has allowed its last two opponents to average 5.0 and 4.5 yards per carry.

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Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their college football picks, as both offenses should be able to move the football, especially the host in facing an opponent that’s playing its first true road game.

Free NCAAF Pick:  Over 56 at BetOnline