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How and what to watch for Boston College vs. Syracuse

Can Boston College bounce back from their hard-fought loss last week to Clemson?

Boston College Eagles quarterback Phil Jurkovec (5) runs the ball during the first half against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

After almost pulling the upset over No. 1-ranked Clemson, the Boston College Eagles will be looking to handle its business against the Syracuse Orange on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. ET in Syracuse, NY.

There’s such things as moral victories, but if you are Boston College you should be proud of how you played last Saturday at Death Valley. Granted the Tigers were without standout quarterback Trevor Lawrence and started a true freshman under center. But the Eagles still had a chance to win by making plays on both ends that can easily be carried over to Saturday’s matchup versus Syracuse.

Sophomore quarterback Phil Jurkovec only had 12 completions on 24 attempts, but still threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns. It was the second week in a row that the young quarterback had two touchdowns and zero interceptions. The Eagles will be looking for him to make winning plays against an Orange defense that is allowing 473.6 yards per game.

As for Syracuse, they haven’t won a football game in over a month — dating back to Sept. 26 against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Since that win, the Orange have been outscored by their opponents 161-80, and that’s how you end up 1-6. If the Orange want to get back into the win column, they will need senior quarterback Rex Culpepper to play better. Last week against Wake Forest, Culpepper completed 55.6 percent of his passes for 85 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Boston College vs. Syracuse on Saturday, November 7 at 2:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3, or you can stream it via ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Boston College (-14.5) vs. Syracuse
Point Total: O/U 53.5
Money line: Boston College (-715), Syracuse (+480)

  • Boston College is 4-1 against the spread in its last five games.
  • The point total went under in seven of Boston College’s last 10 games.
  • Syracuse is 6-12 against the spread in its last 12 games.
  • The point went over in four of Syracuse’s last five games.

Betting splits

Boston College: (44% of handle, 59% percent of bets)
Syracuse: (56% of handle, 41% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

The Eagles were a few plays away from upsetting the No. 1-ranked Clemson last week on road. This week, they take on a one-win Syracuse team that hasn’t a game in over a month and missing their defensive player in Andrew Cisco. BC will take care of business on the road.

Pick: Boston College (-715)

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