Colorado State at Boston College: 5 Big Questions

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Sep 5, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston College Eagles quarterback

Tyler Murphy

(2) throws a pass during the second half at Alumni Stadium. Pitt won 30-20 over Boston College. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado State at Boston College is the last home game for a little while, and aside from the actual pick of the game, a few people might actually want to know something about the opponent and how the Eagles match up with them.

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The Rams are not a glamorous opponent, not that we need any more star power on the schedule when it includes USC, Florida State, and Clemson. Most Boston College fans will be satisfied to get the win and move on, but before that can happen, it may be beneficial to achieve a deeper understanding of the game.

Okay, probably not, but anyway.

Colorado State at Boston College: 5 Big Questions — #5

Why was the original line (BC -2.5) so much closer than it is now?

Even though the Rams are decent, it may have been a bit surprising to some that a 3-1 ACC team at home was not even a field-goal favorite against an unranked opponent.

The initial feeling was probably that Colorado State was better than people expect, and therefore they will give Boston College a tough game. If it was the inverse — that Boston College was not as good as they appear — that might have been even less reasonable, given that the returns have generally been good so far.

In what we have seen in our evaluations this week, the Eagles match up well with the Rams in several key areas.

Either way, it would seem the gamblers do not agree with that assessment. What opened as a 2.5-point spread in favor of Boston College is almost double-digits at minus-9.