Why Boston College Will Win The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
– For all of the good things the Boise State defense does, it doesn’t come up with a slew of interceptions. Last season it came away with 15 picks, but this year it generated just seven, with the blowout win over Colorado State the only time it generated two picks. BC QB Anthony Brown doesn’t normally have a pick problem, giving up two in each of the last two games – both losses – and four in the loss to Purdue. When he plays a full game and throws fewer than two interceptions, Boston College is 7-1.
– Boise State might be fantastic when it comes to turnover margin and mistakes, but the Boston College defense has a way of forcing teams to screw up. The defense was great at cranking up the pass rush to force big mistakes, coming up with a nation-leading 18 interceptions.
Brett Rypien is normally air-tight with his passes – he threw five of his seven picks on the year in a mid-season two game stretch – but against Fresno State in the Mountain West Championship, he misfired on more than half of his throws. The rested BC pass rushers have to get to him.
– Partly because it had a few blocked, BC has a bad punting game. Boise State has the nation’s worst punting game, averaging a sad 31.7 yards per kick, and now it has to deal with Michael Walker. One of the nation’s top punt returners, Walker averaged 13.7 yards per try with at least one of 11 yards or more in seven games, and a return for a touchdown against Clemson – it was the only positive moment.