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How and what to watch for UNC vs. Boston College

Boston College had a scare last week, can they bounce back against a good UNC team?

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On Saturday, the 12th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels head up to Boston to face the 2-0 Boston College Eagles in both teams second ACC tilt of the year.

UNC has had a few weeks off after dismantling Syracuse in week one back on September 12. The Tar Heels started their lone game off slow, scoring just seven points in the first half. But the offense exploded in the second half behind sophomore quarterback Sam Howell, who threw for nearly 300 yards and a touchdown.

Boston College comes into this game undefeated as well, but had to sweat it out last week in a 24-21 win over Texas State. Through both games the Eagles have had to rely on their passing game, as they’ve had limited success on the ground. So far this season QB Phil Jukovec has 510 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Even with the Eagles’ strong passing attack, this won’t be easy. UNC only gave up a measly 134 yards passing and allowed zero touchdowns against Syracuse.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

The Tar Heels and Eagles kick off at 3:30 EST Saturday on ABC.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: UNC (-14) vs Boston College
Point Total: 55
Money line: UNC (-525), Boston College (+425)

  • UNC is 4-1 against the spread in its last five games
  • UNC is 4-1 against the spread in its last five games against Boston College
  • BC is 2-4 against the spread in its last six games
  • The total has gone under in all of BC’s last five games.

The Best Bet

UNC looked rough through the first 30 minutes of the season, but their offense got into a rhythm and came out swinging in the second half. BC’s pass defense has been very pedestrian against quarterbacks not named Sam Howell. The sophomore has been touted as one of the best QB’s in the nation, and with almost a month off between games, he has had plenty of time to study BC’s new defensive scheme.

He should have an outstanding day as long as he protects the ball, leading to a highs scoring affair in Boston.

Pick: Over 55

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