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Boston College at Pittsburgh: Preview & Final Prediction

Boston College at Pittsburgh: Preview & Final Prediction

Thomas Castellanos
Thomas Castellanos (Photo: BC Athletics)

Boston College (6-4, 3-3 ACC) will be traveling on a short week to play Pittsburgh (2-8, 1-5 ACC) this Thursday night, looking to win their 7th game of the season for the first time since 2018. Kickoff will be at 7:00 p.m. ET from Acrisure Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.


Boston College is coming into this game after a disappointing performance at home, losing to Virginia Tech 48-22. The game was determined in the first quarter when the Eagles gave up two interceptions and an onside kick, ultimately leading to BC’s five-game win streak being snapped at home.


This Thursday, Boston College looks to erase the bitter taste of defeat quickly as they will be facing a struggling Pittsburgh team. Both teams were previously conference opponents in the Big East from 1991-2004, with Boston College trailing the all-time series 15-17, and 2-1 against Pitt in ACC games since 2014.


The Eagles can enhance their bowl prospects by beating the Panthers for a third straight meeting, a significant step for a program that was picked to finish 13th in the ACC in August.


Boston College vs Pittsburgh
Boston College vs Pittsburgh (Photo: BC Athletics)

Current Line: BC +3.0 (O/U 46.0)

Chance Of Winning: 32.7%


According to ESPN Analytics BC has a 32.7% chance of winning this game. The spread for this game is currently 3 points in favor of Pittsburgh, with the over/under at 46 points.


Does BC Cover The Spread?


Boston College will cover the spread. The confidence level is low, but we do think there is value in taking the ML with BC.


The over/under looks a little low. We think both teams are going to put up points in this game despite both team's offensive struggles. Don't be surprised if this game goes to overtime, a Thursday night game with two inconsistent teams, expect the unexpected.


(If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available. Call 1-800-GAMBLER)


Final Score: 34-28 (Boston College Wins in OT)


The confidence level for this Boston College team going into game eleven is very mid or lacking. There was so much momentum for the Eagles, but after a tough loss at home the Eagles do not have any time to feel bad for themselves, they need to quickly turn their attention to this pivotal mid-week matchup.


"Are we disappointed? Yeah. Are we discouraged? No." - Jeff Hafley

The keys to victory are all about simplifying the playbook and focusing on this one game. Boston College has to reduce turnovers to come away with a road victory. Last week was a great example of how impossible it is to compete when you give your opponent extra possessions. The only other thing the Eagles need to do is run the ball. Seriously, "run the damn ball" should be the entire game plan for this matchup. Pitt just gave up 382 yards rushing to the Orange last week, and the Eagles need to take advantage of this advantage from start to finish.


Boston College has the opportunity to win seven games, something that BC Football fans have not yet witnessed under Coach Jeff Hafley. The whole country will be watching, as this game will be the only college football game played on Thursday. The Eagles need to prove to the nation and themselves that they can be a winning football program.


Depth Chart:


Boston College at Pittsburgh Depth Chart
Boston College at Pittsburgh Depth Chart (Photo: BC Athletics)

How To Watch The Game:


Thursday’s game will be broadcast nationally at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. Matt Barrie (play-by-play) and Dan Mullen (analyst) are in the booth with Harry Lyles Jr. (reporter) on the sidelines.


Coverage on the Boston College Sports Network begins 30 minutes prior to kickoff on WEEI 850 AM. Jon Meterparel (play-by-play) is joined on the call by former BC linebacker Pete Cronan in the booth and quarterback Scott Mutryn on the sideline.

 

Boston College Football Fans (BCFF) will be covering this game live on Twitter/X (@BCFootballFans).



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