Boston College-Wake Forest: Eagles Will Continue Stellar ATS Run Thursday

Sunday, September 9, 2018 9:42 PM UTC

Sunday, Sep. 9, 2018 9:42 PM UTC

The first in-season Thursday night game of the 2018 campaign (weather permitting) is an ACC opener between Boston College and Wake Forest on ESPN.

<p style="text-align:right"><em><strong>Matthew's 2018 NCAAF ATS Record: 3-3 </strong></em></p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" rel="nofollow">Boston College (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) at Wake Forest (2-0, 0-2 ATS)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Thursday, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NCAAF Pick: Eagles</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=Bookmaker" rel="nofollow">Bookmaker</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3448622, "sportsbooksIds":[93,169,238,19,1275], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Not exactly the most thrilling first Thursday night in-season game of 2018 as<a href="" rel="nofollow"> Boston College and Wake Forest </a>meet in a matchup of ACC Atlantic foes. Neither has any shot at winning the division, of course, with Clemson in the Atlantic. However, both have bowl hopes and thus every win is important. This game was moved up two hours because of Hurricane Florence.</p><p>Let’s just hope that this game is nothing like their October 2015 matchup in Chestnut Hill, perhaps the worst game this writer has ever watched. Wake Forest won 3-0 on a 25-yard third-quarter field goal. BC had first-and-goal at the Wake 1 with 29 seconds left yet managed to bungle that and not even tie it up. The Eagles’ kicker earlier missed kicks from 26 and 31 yards. The Deacons had 142 yards of offense and two turnovers, and BC 270 yards and four giveaways. It set offensive football back years.</p><p>Boston College leads the all-time series 13-10-2 but also lost last year at home, 34-10, in the second game of the season for both. The Eagles turned it over four times – three picks by QB Anthony Brown – and they led to 21 Wake Forest points. Star BC running back A.J. Dillon was held to 43 yards on 15 carries. Wake QB John Wolford, now gone, threw for a score and rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;AJ Dillon with 3 TD runs today already. &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#Devy&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Greg Brandt (@devywarehouse) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;September 8, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Deacons Are Short-Handed</h2><p>Both schools have played pushovers the first two weeks – Wake is 2-0 for the third straight year, while Boston College is for the first time since 2015.</p><p>As noted above, the Deacons have failed to cover thus far, winning 23-17 in overtime at Tulane on Aug. 30 and then beating Towson 51-20 this past Saturday. Greg Dortch returned punts 60 and 70 yards for scores vs. Towson and also had an eight-yard TD catch. He finished with 310 all-purpose yards and is the first Wake Forest player ever with four consecutive games of at least 200 all-purpose yards.</p><p>This will be the last game where Wake starting quarterback Kendall Hinton is suspended. He was dinged three games for a violation of team rules and had emerged from the spring as the guy to replace four-year starter Wolford. Hinton did see action in each of the past three years but not against BC. In addition, left tackle Justin Herron and safety Coby Davis were both recently lost to season-ending injuries. Herron was a fifth-year senior who started 38 games in his career and was third-team All-ACC last year.</p><p>Boston College opened with a 55-21 win over UMass and then played another cupcake on Saturday, routing Holy Cross 62-14. Dillon, voted the ACC preseason player of the year, had 149 yards and three scores on just six carries vs. Holy Cross as he took a seat after the first quarter. That’s a tidy 24.8 yards per carry. Over his last nine games, Dillon has rushed for 1,503 yards.</p><p>It’s the first time in school history that BC has scored at least 50 points in its first two games of a season and first time in nine years the Eagles have had two 50-point games in an entire year.</p><ul> <li>Eagles are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games.</li> <li>Eagles are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games.</li> <li>Demon Deacons are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.</li></ul><p>Here’s hoping this game is even played as Hurricane Florence could have a say in that. We like Boston College for a <a href="" rel="nofollow">Thursday NCAAF pick</a> as it is a spectacular 10-1-1 ATS in its past 12 overall.</p>
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