Georgia Tech is in year two of a massive overhaul to bring the team into the 21st century of football. They’ll get there eventually, but it’s going to get ugly before it gets good. This week the 2-3 Yellow Jackets fly to the northeast to take on Boston College.
Both teams are coming off embarrassing losses last week. BC lost 40-14 to Virginia Tech, while GT fell 73-7 to Clemson.
Boston College has had a ton of success throwing the ball, only failing to get over 300 yards in the air one time this season. Quarterback Phil Jurkovec has thrown for more than 1,500 yards and 10 touchdowns in five games. It’s tough to evaluate how good the Yellow Jackets defense is against the pass, because they’ve only faced teams that possess elite offenses (Clemson, UCF) or have horrendous passing attacks (FSU, Syracuse and Louisville.) BC probably skews a little closer toward the former, but not to the same degree. The Eagles ground game is bad, as the team still hasn’t rushed for over 100 yards in a game and averages a putrid 2.1 yards per carry
Georgia Tech’s offense is led by true freshman quarterback Jeff Sims. He’s an electric playmaker, but makes some true freshman mistakes and turns the ball over plenty. He has over 1,000 yards passing and six scores, something that could be tough to add too against a ball-hawking BC secondary. But he also has nine interceptions. Running the ball will probably be the Yellow Jackets’ best bet to have success, taking on a rush D that gives up nearly five yards per carry and have allowed nine touchdowns.
Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming
You can watch Georgia Tech vs. Boston College Saturday, October 24th at 4:00 p.m. ET on the ACC Network, and you can stream it via the ESPN app or with a cable or streaming login.
Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends
Point spread: Georgia Tech vs Boston College (-3.5)
Point Total: 56.5
Money line: GT (+150), BC(-160)
- GT are 5-14-1 ATS in their last 20
- The total has gone over in six of GT’s last seven
- The total has gone under in seven of BC’s last eight
- BC is 4-1 ATS in their last five
The Best Bet
The Bees have had a rough go from a scheduling perspective, but they’ve also shown to not be a great team in their loss to Syracuse. Even in their wins, they’ve been by the skin of their teeth. BC is far better than any of the teams they’ve beat.
Pick: BC -3.5
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