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College Football Betting Preview: Boston College Eagles vs. Pittsburgh Panthers

November 16, 2023


A pair of ACC teams will square off on ESPN in week 12 of the college football season when the Boston College Eagles travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to face the Pittsburgh Panthers at Acrisure Stadium with the game scheduled to start at 7:00 PM on Thursday evening.

Boston College has already qualified for a bowl game this season after missing a bowl game last season, however, the Eagles saw their five-game winning streak come to an end with a loss at home against the Virginia Tech Hokies by a score of 22-48 which was the 2nd most points the defense has given up this season and the Boston College Eagles failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as a home underdog. Despite having a winning record this season, the offense and defense for the Boston College Eagles have been underwhelming this season as they are averaging 26.4 points per game while allowing an average of 28.5 points per game both below the national average in college football. However, Thomas Castellanos has played a pivotal role in their record as he has completed 150 of 262 attempts for 1,824 yards with 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions while also leading the team in rushing with 806 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Castellanos should have another big game this week as he will be facing a below-average defense when the Eagles travel to face the Panthers.

The Pittsburgh Panthers aren’t going to a bowl game this season, as they enter this game in 11th place in the ACC with a record of 2-8 and are on a four-game losing streak following last week’s 13-28 loss on the road against the Syracuse Orange while failing to cover the 3.5-point spread as a road favorite. The Panthers have been below-average on offense and defense as they enter this game allowing an average of 28.2 points per game while only averaging 19.9 points per game which is the 17th fewest points per game in college football this season. Pittsburgh has been outgained by their opponents by an average of 310 to 371 yards this season, however, they will face a below-average offense in week 12 of the college football season when they host the Boston College Eagles.

BookMaker has the Pittsburgh Panthers listed as 2.5-point favorites at home against the Boston College Eagles on Thursday night in week 12 of the college football season. Both teams are 5-5 in the last ten games while Boston College has won two of the last three meetings. The Eagles are 6-4 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Boston College Eagles are 4-6 ATS overall, 3-1 ATS on the road, 4-2 ATS as an underdog, and 3-3 ATS in conference games this season while the Pittsburgh Panthers are 3-7 ATS overall, 3-2 ATS at home, 0-4 ATS as a favorite, and 2-4 ATS in conference games on the year.

Boston College has been the better team this season as they enter this game with a record of 6-4 while Pittsburgh only has two wins on the year. The Panthers have not only been one of the worst teams in the ACC but have also been the worst team in the conference at covering the spread going 3-7 ATS overall and have not covered the spread as a favorite this season going 0-4 ATS as a favorite. Buy the .5 point and take the points with the Boston College Eagles on Thursday night. 

Spooky Express Pick: Boston College Eagles +3