The Virginia Cavaliers will look to continue their breakout season and stay in contention for an ACC Coastal Division championship by picking up their first ever win over Boston College. The Eagles have won all five meetings in history between the two programs, and they enter this Week 7 matchup coming off an upset at Louisville.
Find the TV channel, time, live stream, odds, and pick information below.
Virginia-Boston College football TV channel, time, live stream
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:30 p.m.
TV Channel: Regional networks
Online Stream: WatchESPN
Virginia-Boston College football picks, odds
Pick: Boston College 23.0-22.0 (from the OddsShark computer)
Odds: Virginia -5.5
Virginia-Boston College preview, keys to the game
After five straight losing seasons, Virginia is off to its best start in years under second-year coach Bronco Mendenhall. The Cavaliers find themselves not only a game away from bowl eligibility, but undefeated in ACC play and in the running for an Coastal Division title.
Virginia has been led by a strong showing from quarterback Kurt Benkert. Benkert ranks 23rd nationally in yards per game, and his 15 touchdown passes on the season are tied for the 15th-most. The Cavaliers defense has also been strong, particularly against the pass. Virginia ranks 10th nationally in pass defense, allowing an average of less than 170 yards a game through the air.
Last week, Virginia held North Carolina to just 46 yards passing.
Boston College, however, likely won’t look to pass much. Steve Addazio’s run-first offense racked up 364 rushing yards en route to a 45-42 win last week over Louisville. The Eagles’ 45 points were the most by Boston College against a Power 5 opponent since 2009, and the team’s 555 total yards were its most since 2008.
Freshman running back A.J. Dillon proved particularly tough to tackle for Louisville. Dillon carried the ball 39 times for 272 yards and four touchdowns against the Cardinals. He earned the Walter Camp Award for national offensive player of the week as a result. Dillon’s 272 yards were the fifth-most rushing yards in a game for any player this year, and the most by a freshman.
Virginia has been decent this season against the run — giving up an average of 143 yards per game on the ground — but expect the Cavaliers to load the box in anticipation of the run and make Boston College beat them by throwing.
On the other side of the ball, Boston College’s normally stingy defense has been shaky this season. The Eagles are allowing opponents to average 30 points per game and gain over 445 yards per game. They rank 108th out of 130 FBS teams in total defense.
Boston College has been particularly bad against the run. The Eagles rank 121st in the FBS in stopping the run, allowing an average of 242.4 yards per game to opponents. Against Notre Dame in Week 3, the Eagles surrendered over 500 yards on the ground.
Virginia hasn’t had a ton of success running the ball on the season, but junior running back Jordan Ellis had a big game against North Carolina. Ellis rushed 27 times for 136 yards — his first 100-yard performance of the season. Look for Virginia to get Ellis involved early and use him often against Boston College.
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