The odds are not in our favor. The Boston College football betting odds from Las Vegas, that is.
The 2014 Eagles are big underdogs in early lines in some very early point spreads out of the Golden Nugget, as published by Marcus DiNitto.
Only a handful of Boston College games appear in this collection of the “best” games of the season, but the ones that do are highly unfavorable to the maroon and gold persuasion.
We know you were all waiting for some Boston College football betting odds and early lines on the UMass and Colorado State games, but they’re very busy over in Las Vegas and only in August in September will they impart the wisdom of the bookies to all of us. If this is the sort of thing they’re going to be saying, however, perhaps we’re not missing much by waiting them out.
In the home opener on September 5, Boston College are 9-point underdogs to the Pittsburgh Panthers, a team that went 7-6 just like the Eagles did in 2013.
From there, the news gets much worse, as the Eagles are double-digit underdogs to the USC Trojans, Clemson Tigers, Louisville Cardinals, and Virginia Tech Hokies. One may recall that Boston College defeated Virginia Tech at Alumni Stadium last season, but Las Vegas would contend that this Eagles team will look different than that one, and this one is playing on the road.
Season previews have been a topic of discussion around here lately, and it seems that the Golden Nugget would come down on the side of Boston College not being a bowl-worthy team this year.
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The one that stands out is the Pitt game, being almost a double-digit underdog at home to the Panthers. There is a growing sense that Pitt could do some damage within their division this season, but even with some new faces, this does not look like an unwinnable game, or even one where Boston College is at a significant disadvantage. Slight, perhaps.
The remaining four games will be difficult to win, but even as with the Pitt game, it is hard to get a sense for how those games later in the season will go when we do not even have a frame of reference for how the 2014 Eagles look. Any number of things can change along the way, including momentum, personnel, and so forth.
Perusing the Boston College football betting odds might be a trivial exercise now, but in connection with the other previews coming out, are helping to set the narrative for the 2014 Eagles. Even in mid-June, there is no true consensus on what that narrative should be.