Though a victory seems out of the question, the Boston College Eagles (1-5, 0-3 ACC) could pull off an upset and beat the spread against the Yellow Jackets (2-4, 1-3 ACC) at Georgia Tech this weekend.
Coming off his worst game of the year, Eagles quarterback Chase Rettig will be looking to improve upon a stat line of 15 for 31 with only 122 yards. He and his talented core of receivers – Bobby Swigert, Alex Amidon and Spiffy Evans – should find an easier time of handling Georgia Tech’s 91st ranked defense as compared to last week’s skirmish against Florida State’s defense, ranked second in the NCAA.
Georgia has experienced its fair share of defensive letdowns as well, posting only slightly better numbers than the Eagles’ D. Ex-defensive coordinator Al Groh lost his job this year after an incredibly abysmal start to the season for the Yellow Jackets, who come into this weekend ranked near the bottom of the ACC, with the Eagles, in points allowed per game.
Georgia Tech has been working under the premise that a good offense is a good defense. The Yellow Jackets, ranked 17th in the NCAA in total offense, feature an attack similar to that of Army’s, a run first and pass later scheme. BC, however, did not fare well against Army, falling to the Black Nights in ugly fashion, 34-31.
Anchoring the Jackets’ offense will be QB Tevin Washington, a jack-of-all-trades kind of player. He’s a hard and fast runner who isn’t afraid to pass the rock if he has to. Washington leads the team in most offensive categories, including passing yards, rushing yards and total TDs.
Look for BC’s linebacking corps led by Nick Clancy to have a starring role in this game. Containing Washington will be the Eagles’ only shot at grabbing their first FBS victory of the season.
It will be interesting to see if the lame duck that is the Eagles head play-caller, Frank Spaziani, changes up his game plan after the hiring of new BC athletic director, Brad Bates. It is unlikely.
0-5 against the spread this year, Boston College has a very good chance of at least beating the odds against Georgia Tech and the 12.5 expected point differential. If the Eagles can limit Washington’s impact on the game and find consistency in their offense, I could see them crawling out of the cellar in the ACC.
Georgia Tech 31 – Boston College 24