Boston College Vs Clemson Spread & ATS PickJosh Bailey
Can Impressive 2nd-Ranked Clemson Cover Huge Spread Against Struggling Boston College
The impressive defending national champion and currently second-ranked Clemson Tigers almost assuredly won’t have any problems beating the struggling Boston College Eagles when they host their conference rivals in their ACC opener on Saturday.
The big question that college football betting enthusiasts everywhere need answering is whether or not the red-hot Tigers can cover the spread as nearly five-touchdown home favorites. let’s find out right now.
Boston College Vs Clemson College Football Week 4 Spread & ATS Pick
Boston College Eagles (1-2) at Clemson Tigers (3-0)
When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 3:30 PM ET
Where: Clemson Memorial Stadium, Clemson, South Carolina
Spread: Clemson Tigers -32.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Why Bet Boston College Spread at +32.5
Boston College has gotten smacked around in two straight games including their 34-10 Week 2 home loss to Wake Forest as a pick ‘em and their 49-20 Week 3 loss to Notre Dame as a 14-point home underdog.
Freshman quarterback Anthony Brown completed 24 of 40 passes for 215 yards with two touchdowns but also tossed two costly picks in the loss. Now, the Eagles will take on a Clemson squad that is loaded and apparently intent on getting back into the four-team playoff at the very least.
"They’ve got playmakers all over the field," Boston College coach Steve Addazio said. "I think the quarterback, Kelly Bryant, is a very athletic guy. He runs the ball. He reminds me of how (Boston College quarterback) Tyler Murphy used to run the ball. Throws the ball well."
The Eagles will face a Clemson defense that leads the nation in sacks (16) and is ranked eighth in total defense. Linebacker Dorian O’Daniel has been outstanding in leading the Tigers in tackles behind a bunch of likely NFL performers on the defensive line. He had five tackles at Louisville last week and returned an interception 44 yards for a touchdown.
"On defense, they’ve always been outstanding, and they continue to be," Addazio said. "Their front is big and athletic. Their linebackers run well. Their secondary is one of the better secondaries I’ve seen. They rally to the ball as good as any defense I have ever seen."
Why Bet Clemson Tigers Spread at -32.5
Clemson has won 18 consecutive games against division opponents and owns a six-game winning streak against Boston College. More importantly, new starting quarterback Kelly Bryant has taken over for former star Deshaun Watson seamlessly. Bryant completed 22 of 32 passes against the Cardinals for 316 yards and one touchdown while rushing 18 times for 26 yards and two additional scores, prompting Watson to Tweet shortly thereafter that Bryant “is going to be better than me.”
The Tigers also got an outstanding performance from freshman running back Travis Etienne who rushed for 98 yards on six carries including an 81-yard touchdown burst. Sophomore running back Tavien Foster added a career-high 92 yards on only 10 carries.
For the season, Bryant has rushed for 162 yards and five touchdowns in Clemson’s first three games while completing a stellar 68.7 percent of his passes for 733 yards and two scores.
"He has put in the work, so it’s awesome to see him having the success that he’s having," Swinney said. "He’s put the time in, he’s learned, he has complete ownership in what we’re doing."
Expert Analysis and Prediction
While I hate high point spreads like this one, I can’t help but think that Boston College is in big trouble in this affair. The Eagles are just 2-5 ATS in their L/7 games against a team with a winning record while Clemson has gone 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and 5-0 ATS in their last five games in the month of September. Clemson will get another outstanding effort from its powerful defensive line and another solid effort from Kelly to cover the insane college football betting line in this one.
Pick: Clemson -32.5