Why East Carolina Will Win The Military Bowl
This is a strong, veteran team that isn’t going to be fazed in any way by playing a Power Five team.
The defense gave up a slew of points, but it was great at taking the ball away and found way to get off the field in a hurry. It’s a team that’s solid at controlling the clock and the tempo of most games, but in this it might be all about getting up fast.
It’s not like Boston College can’t open it up at times and score, but this isn’t a high-powered offense. It’s more into trying to win close, low-scoring games, but it mostly struggled to get anything going offensively and had to play in defensive fights.
The Eagles don’t generate enough big plays in the backfield, however …
Why Boston College Will Win The Military Bowl
The Boston College secondary is great even with the lack of a steady pass rush from the front.
It gave up a 300-yard day to Missouri’s Connor Bazelak, but that was it. No one else got about 255, and that includes Wake Forest, NC State, Clemson, and everyone else on the slate.
East Carolina wants to work with a good balance, but even if and when the offense moves there will be mistakes. The Pirates are almost always good for two turnovers a game – they did that gave up two in six games and three in there others – and Boston College is 5-1 when it comes up with multiple takeaways.
Yeah, Boston College doesn’t do enough offensively, and yeah, the defense could be better, but the East Carolina offensive line is too leaky and the defensive front isn’t strong enough agains the run.