The Boston College Eagles (2-4) will look to get their offense on track while containing reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson on defense when they travel to Louisville (4-2) in Week 7.
Louisville has won all three meeting between the two teams since the Cardinals joined the ACC in 2014, including a 52-7 blowout last season. Overall, Boston College has won just three of the nine meetings between the two schools.
Find the TV channel, time, live stream, odds, and pick information below.
Boston College-Louisville football TV channel, time, live stream
Date: Saturday, Oct. 14
Time: 12:20 p.m.
TV Channel: ACC Network
Online Stream: WatchESPN
Boston College-Louisville football picks, odds
Pick: Louisville 36.0-18.8 (from the OddsShark computer)
Odds: Louisville -22
Boston College-Louisville preview, keys to the game
When Boston College travels to Louisville seeking an upset of the Cardinals, the Eagles will face a motivated team and challenges on both sides of the ball.
Louisville hasn’t played in 10 days since a disappointing 39-25 loss at N.C. State that essentially ended any remaining hope of the Cardinals making the ACC Championship game or the College Football Playoff. Expect the Cardinals to come out ready to play.
Boston College, meanwhile, will have to break out from its recent offensive slump if it has any chance of pulling the upset. Plus, the Eagles will have to contain Lamar Jackson, something they could not do a season ago.
Though he played just three quarters in last year’s meeting, Jackson compiled an absurd 416 yards of total offense and scored 7 total touchdowns — 4 passing and 3 rushing — en route to winning the Heisman Trophy.
Boston College’s offense was stifled again last week in a 23-10 loss to Virginia Tech. In the Eagles’ four games against Power 5 opponents this season, they are averaging less than 12 points per game. All four games have resulted in losses.
The Eagles have found some success rushing the ball this season. They’re averaging more than 158 yards per game on the ground. However, that might be more due to volume than effectiveness, as the team’s 3.72 average yards per carry ranks 96th in the FBS. Combined with a meager passing attack, Boston College’s offense ranks 115th out of 130 FBS teams and last in the ACC.
On the other side of the ball, the Eagles have been fairly stout in recent weeks. Boston College has held its last two opponents to a combined 31 points, and the week prior the Eagles held Clemson to 7 points through three quarters before melting down and allowing 27 unanswered in the fourth.
However, they were actually ranked better defensively last season when Jackson shredded the defense. This year, Boston College is allowing an average of 416 total yards a game. Last season, the Eagles allowed just 314 yards per game, which finished the season ninth-best in the country.
Boston College’s defense has struggled against dual-threat quarterbacks this season. Notre Dame’s Brandon Wimbush ran for 207 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Eagles in Week 3, and Clemson’s Kelly Bryant ended up with 246 total yards and 2 rushing touchdowns.
That doesn’t bode well with Jackson coming to town. While he may not be the Heisman favorite this season, Jackson is averaging over 416 yards per game of total offense on his own this year. That’s more than 71 entire teams — over half of the FBS.
As a team, Louisville is averaging 37.5 points per game and 557.8 yards of total offense per game.
The one positive for Boston College is that it got star defensive end Harold Landry going last week. Against Virginia Tech, Landry recorded 3 sacks and the Eagles as a team had 5, a season high.
Louisville’s offensive line has struggled to protect Jackson at times. In the Cardinals’ loss to N.C. State, Jackson was sacked 4 times. If the Eagles can use Landry and his fellow defensive linemen to disrupt Jackson, they might be able to keep the score low enough to have a chance.
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