Wake Forest at Boston College: Opening Line and The Basics


Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston College Eagles figured out a way to escape upset victim status on Saturday with a solid second half against the Villanova Wildcats, improving to 1-0 in the brand new season. Boston College will look to match last season’s win total in a Friday night special against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Wake Forest at Boston College: The Line

• Opening Favorite: Boston College -5
• Current Favorite: Boston College -2.5

Wake Forest at Boston College: Us

• Head Coach Steve Addazio (1st; 1-0)
• Last game: defeated Villanova, 24-14
• This season: 1-0 (0-0 ACC)
• Last season vs. ACC: 1-7
• Lost five ACC openers in a row; last win in 2007 (vs. Wake Forest)
• Has not started a season at 2-0 since 2010
• First Friday game since November 25, 2011 (at Miami)

Wake Forest at Boston College: Them

• Head Coach Jim Grobe (13th; 74-74)
• Last game: defeated Presbyterian, 31-7
• This season: 1-0 (0-0 ACC)
• Last season vs. ACC: 3-5
• Last win in ACC road opener in 2011 (at Boston College)

Wake Forest at Boston College: The Game

• 21st all-time meeting between Eagles and Demon Deacons
• BC 10-8-2 all-time against Wake Forest (8-5-1 at home)
• Wake Forest: 2-game win streak vs. Eagles
• Friday, September 6, 2013, 8pm ET
• Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, MA
• Overnight Forecast: Mostly clear, 60
• STG Preseason Difficulty Rank: 9th of 12

That the line collapsed back inward after just a few hours suggests that the bettors see the Wake Forest/Boston College game the same way that many of us do: as a toss-up. This is one of those “swing games” in which Boston College has a legitimate shot but is far from a lock, and it could help get them to six wins later or be the game we lament in November if they lose.

In many ways, this is Boston College’s most promising ACC contest this season. They’re at home, they’re playing a mediocre opponent, and they’re coming off of a win. BC might not have a more favorable situation within their conference the rest of the way, so if anyone here is planning on this team getting to six, then this is a game the Eagles probably have to win.