College Football Picks: Wake Forest vs. Boston College

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 1:01 PM GMT

Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 1:01 PM GMT

Boston College and Wake Forest have been involved in close affairs over the last 10 years, as the two teams face off to open up their conference schedules Friday night. Let our free college football picks help you find the best value in this ACC matchup.

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA football odds for this ACC matchup at Alumni Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2. 

The Price is Right

Wake Forest earned a 31-7 victory over Presbyterian as 38-point home favorites last Thursday, while going UNDER the betting total of 51. The team managed to win the statistical battle by 257 yards.

The Demon Deacons will be led by four-year starting quarterback Tanner Price this season, who is on pace to finish second in nearly every passing category for a career at Winston-Salem.

A new look

Boston College survived a bit of a scare in picking up a 24-14 victory over the Villanova Wildcats as 15-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 47.5.

The Eagles are led by first-year head coach Steve Addazio, who has eight new full-time coaches on his staff.

A tight series

College football handicappers will find that each team has won five games in this series over the last 10 years—with the Demon Deacons outscoring the Eagles by just a three-point margin (241-238) in that span.

Wake Forest is 10-4 ATS as road underdogs of three points or less in their last 14 opportunities, but they’ve dropped 19 of their last 24 road openers.

A balanced attack

The Eagles will have one of the more balanced attacks offensively in the ACC, with quarterback Chase Rettig, running back Andre Williams and wide receiver Alex Amidon leading the way.

Rettig has been the school’s signal caller for each of the last 33 games, as he became Boston College’s fourth 3,000-yard passer last fall.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Eagles with their College Football picks, as senior Nate Freese is one of the more accurate place kickers in the nation—connecting on 51-of-62 career field goal attempts. 

College Football Pick: Boston College Eagles -3

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