For the first time since September 10, a week of football previews begins after a Boston College football win.
Indeed, the Eagles took their second victory of the season at home against the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday to go to 2-6 on the season, but now, BC will have to accomplish something else they’ve yet to do this year: win on the road.
The Eagles will fly down to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to face the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Wake had a mediocre 2011, and their win over BC was one of six that put them in a bowl game. As it stands right now, the 2012 Deacs look equally as average. They are a 4-4 football team that just got mauled by the Clemson Tigers in a Thursday night game, and they have lost three of four overall.
There isn’t a great deal of daylight between the Eagles and Demon Deacons, especially considering how poor some of both of their team statistics have been this year, but being the home team with a better record will get you something in the eyes of the oddsmakers. For that reason, Wake Forest has been installed as an early 4-point favorite. It’s entirely fair for the bookies to make the Deacs the favorites at home against a 2-6 team, previous week’s scores notwithstanding. After all, they do have more wins, it’s their stadium, and they actually beat Army.
Wake Forest typically gives the Eagles a good game — since moving to the ACC, the largest margin of victory in this series is 10 points — and we can probably expect something quite similar this week. The Eagles enter this game with another chance at victory, but since they’ll be facing a first-string quarterback on the road, this one might not be quite as easy as the last.