Boston College vs. Clemson preview: the Tigers look to avoid a hangover from last weekend's massive win over Louisville.
On Friday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. E.T., the Boston College Eagles host the Clemson Tigers at Alumni Stadium, which has a listed capacity of 44,500. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
According to ESPN's matchup predictor, which is based on the network's Football Power Index, Clemson has a 91.9-percent chance to defeat the Eagles. Clemson won last year's matchup 34-17. The Tigers are 14-9-2 in the all-time series against the Eagles, and have won five games in a row and seven of the last eight games against BC. According to OddsShark, Ohio State opened as a 17-point favorite in this one.
Read on for our Boston College vs. Clemson preview.
Spread: Clemson Tigers -17
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. E.T.
Boston College vs. Clemson preview:
Clemson looked sluggish to start the year, but the Tigers have rebounded in recent weeks, and established themselves as the prohibitive ACC favorites with last weekend's huge home win over Lamar Jackson and Louisville. Now, they have to avoid a let down game against Boston College.
The Eagles remain a very defense-first team. Last year's Boston College offense was historically bad, but the defense, led by Don Brown who took the coordinator position at Michigan last December, was one of the best in all of college football. This season, the Eagles' defense is ranked 18th in efficiency by ESPN. The offense is still pretty dreadful, and ranks 104th in the nation.
Clemson, on the other hand, pairs the No. 3 defense (after facing an onslaught from Jackson on Saturday) with a top 30 offense, led by Heisman candidate Deshaun Watson. The Tigers haven't fired on all cylinders at all times this season, but Watson, Wayne Gallman, Mike Williams and company should find ways to get through that tough Eagles defense.
Boston College vs. Clemson prediction:
BC has played Clemson pretty tough in recent years, but the Eagles just don't have the talent to compete with the Tigers. Alumni Stadium should be fired up for this one, especially with the team honoring former Eagles lacrosse player and September 11th hero Welles Crowther during the game with "red bandanna" gear, but Clemson should capture a decisive victory.
Clemson 34, Boston College 7