Boston College will try to take out Penn State for the fourth time in a row when they go head-to-head on the 27th of December. The Eagles are set to take on the Nittany Lions in their very first meeting since 2004, and pay per head bookies saw that they were able to win the last three games that the played as underdogs, but now they’re the favorites for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
The betting line opened with Boston College as the favorites by 2.5 points, and 40 was the total.
This year the Nittany Lions did not perform very well at all, especially after they had a solid start of 4-0, covering in three out of those four meetings. However, that’s not a reason for Penn State to not win this matchup.
Perhaps they lost six out of eight meetings down the line, but out of those defeats, seven or less points decided four of them. The Nittany Lions were 4-0 SU and ATS in games outside of the conference, which is something for people betting to think about when they handicap this meeting.
Penn State were struggling in Big Ten action, but they did a pretty good job against all the other teams.
This season, the Eagles were able to surpass fans’ expectations with a record of 8-4 ATS, going along with a mark of 7-5 SU. So far, Boston College could have taken on Florida State – defending champions – with a stalemate of 17-17 for over an entire quarter before they ended up losing the game by a field goal with only three seconds left in the meeting.
They were still able to easily cover the spread of 16.5 points when they took on the Seminoles, and beat USC 37-31 earlier during the season as the dogs with 17 points. Maybe this season the Eagles did better than usual, but being able to win three meetings as underdogs helped them become much more confident.
Many fans believe that the Nittany Lions should have done a better job on the field and not have a record of 2-6 in the Big Ten while the Eagles’ record of 4-4 in ACC action is more or less decent.
This year, Boston College only lost one meeting by over 20 points, in contrast to 2 for Penn State, who were beaten by Northwestern 29-6 as the favorites on the road by 10 points. Losing against the Wildcats put an end to the Nittany Lions’ winning streak of four games to begin the season, and from that point on, things apparently turned around for the team.
Penn State are 0-3-1 ATS in their past four times that they played in a bowl, and many experts and pay per head bookies believe that they’ll probably lose again.