Cincinnati was eyeing up that New Year’s Six spot only to lose two consecutive games to Memphis and find themselves playing on Jan. 2. Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder struggled with a shoulder injury, but this is a different offense with him in the game. He’s had a few weeks to recover, so hopefully he will be closer to full strength for the Birmingham bowl.
Boston College needed a regular season finale win over Pittsburgh to reach a bowl game, and the Eagles got that win to finish 6-6. Boston College fired head coach Steve Addazio, and the Eagles’ star running back AJ Dillon will sit out the bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft.
Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming
The Ticketsmarter Birmingham Bowl will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET in Birmingham, Alabama on Thursday, Jan. 2 and can be seen on ESPN and streamed on WatchESPN.
Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends
Spread: Cincinnati (-7) vs. Boston College
Point Total: 55.5 O/U (-110)
Money line: Bearcats (-286), Eagles (+225)
- Boston College is 6-3 against the spread in its last nine games.
- The total went over in five of Boston College’s last seven games.
- The total went under in each of Cincinnati’s last five games.
The Best Bet
Without their head coach and best player participating in this game, I don’t see how much excitement there will be for Boston College going into the Birmingham Bowl. I’m very surprised we can get Cincinnati as just a touchdown favorite because I like Cincinnati to win this one big.
Pick: Cincinnati -7
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