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Boston College vs Virginia: Preview & Final Prediction

Updated: Oct 6, 2023

Boston College vs Virginia - Preview & Final Prediction

Lewis Bond
Lewis Bond (Photo: BC Athletics)

Boston College (1-3. 0-2 ACC) will be hosting Virginia (0-4, 0-1 ACC) this Saturday looking for their first ACC victory of the 2023 season. Kickoff will be at 2:00 pm ET from Alumni Stadium (Chestnut Hill, MA) and will be broadcast nationally across The CW Network (CW56 in Boston).


Boston College is coming into this game after an embarrassing performance, losing to Louisville last week 56-23. Boston College went down 28-0 before getting on the board and went down 42-14 as Louisville scored a touchdown on all six possessions in the first half. The 56 points allowed was the most by the BC defense under head coach Jeff Hafley.


On the bright side, BC's starting quarterback Thomas Castellanos had a hand in all four Eagle touchdowns as he ran for a 39-yard rushing TD, and threw for three. He has been consistently improving his game week-to-week and his confidence has been evident on and off the field.

"My goal is to try to average 30 to 40 points a game. We came [up] short at Florida State with 29, and Louisville with 28, which we could have clearly had." - Thomas Castellanos

The Eagles now face a Virginia team that has yet to win a game this year. In fact, both teams have yet to beat an FBS team this 2023 season. If Boston College has any hope in resurrecting their season they have to find a way to win this game. The next four games are the weakest part of their schedule (Virginia - Army - Georgia Tech - UConn) and they need to take advantage of this just to survive and maintain some sort of relevancy.


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

This game on Saturday needs to be the turning point for this BC Football program, a win could potentially lead the Eagles on a winning streak that they desperately need. For Hafley, for this football program, for Boston College, this is a must-win game.


Current Line: BC -3.5 (O/U 52.5)

Chance Of Winning: 62%


According to ESPN Analytics BC has a 62% chance of winning this game. The spread for this game is currently 3.5 points in favor of Boston College, with the over/under at 52.5.


Does BC Cover The Spread?


Boston College will cover the spread. We predict the Eagles will cover the spread comfortably but we have been wrong on almost every prediction this year. The home-field advantage should help here, but there simply is not enough consistency from this team to justify betting on this game.


The over/under looks low on paper. Take the over. We expect both teams to put up a significant amount of points, with both defenses having struggled all year long.


Final Score: 35-24 (Boston College Wins)


The confidence level of this Boston College team going into week five is extremely low. The momentum from almost taking down No. 3 FSU in the Red Bandana Game has completely evaporated after last week's abysmal loss to Louisville.


Boston College is considered the favorite in this matchup which is mostly attributed to the fact that this game is being played in Boston. The keys to victory are very simple this week. The Eagles need to take care of the football and run the ball. They need to take advantage of Virginia's weak run defense and finally make some improvements of their own on the defensive line.

"Boston College Football Fans have only witnessed 4 FBS wins in their last 24 games. They have yet to see one this year (We are now in Week 5)..."

At the end of the day, BC Football Fans need to see a win. And they are going to have to see a bunch of wins for their attention and full support to return to this football program. The time is now, the wins need to start now, for Boston now.


Depth Chart:


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

How To Watch The Game:


Saturday’s game will be broadcast nationally at 2:00 pm ET across The CW Network, including CW56 in Boston. Tom Werme (play-by-play) and James Bates (analyst) are in the booth with Tabitha Turner (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 from Alumni Stadium.

Mac Hutchinson (coverage on Twitter/X) in the press box with Ben Linteris (photography/film) on the sidelines.



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