Boston College vs. UMass fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 1
Game Time: 1:00 pm ET
Venue: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, MA
Network: ACC Network
Boston College (0-0) vs. UMass (1-0) Game Preview
And that’s how you open up a season.
Duquesne isn’t Boston College, but the high-octane UMass offense did exactly what it was supposed to do, ripping off 21 first quarter points on the way to an easy 63-15 win.
But now it has to deal with an Eagle team with a whole lot of promise and potential, looking to get the ground game going right away, and needing the defense to hold up when it should be under fire.
The veteran Minuteman passing attack is good enough to give the Eagles problems in what should be an interesting and entertaining test.
One Reason Why Boston College Will Win
Yeah, the UMass passing game is fantastic, but the Boston College secondary might just be the team’s strength.
Lukas Denis and company are back from one of the more efficient and effective pass defenses, allowing just ten touchdown passes while taking the ball away 18 times.
The bigger problem for the Minutemen will be on the other side. The run defense wasn’t tested all that much by the Dukes, but that’s partly because the game got out of hand so quickly. When DU gave it a shot, it wasn’t bad, coming up with 130 yards on the ground with a few good gashes.
And here comes AJ Dillon. The star Eagle RB is about to control the clock and the game, but …
One Reason Why UMass Will Win
The UMass quarterbacks – Andrew Ford and Ross Comis – were both close to flawless in the opener, and they’re not going to make a slew of mistakes.
The Minutemen had a slew of problems last season, but they didn’t have turnover issues. BC was great at coming up with takeaways – and it will be again – but UMass should be careful with the ball and not screw up enough to turn this into a rout right away.
Don’t discount the one game scrimmage factor. UMass looked great, Andy Isabella caught five passes for 131 yards and two scores, and everything clicked offensively. Considering BC QB Anthony Brown is coming off a knee injury, the Eagle O might need a little while to ramp things up.
What’s Going To Happen
UMass will keep the pressure on all game long with the passing game. The ground attack that was so solid against Duquesne won’t go anywhere against the Eagle defensive front, but Ford, Isabella, and the veteran air show will be enough to keep the team alive.
But the Eagles will have the ball for well over 35 minutes, will grind out enough drives to wear out the Minuteman D, and will answer the big moments with scoring drives.
It’s not going to be gorgeous, and there will be some concerns when Ford is on, but the Eagles will get out alive.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Boston College 38, UMass 17
Line: Boston College -18, o/u: 63
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 2.5
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