On Wednesday December 27, the Boston College Eagles will take on the Iowa Hawkeyes under the Yankee Stadium lights in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. After 2014’s heartbreaking overtime loss to Penn State in the same bowl game, the Eagles are looking for revenge against a different Big 10 team.
The Gavel’s sports writers weighed in on how they think the night will go down.
Max Khegay: Expect AJ Dillon, the 2017 ACC Rookie of the Year, to have another sensational performance in what should be a hard-fought win for the Eagles. The Hawkeyes are a defensively sound team and they will certainly have to keep it that way in order to stay competitive during the Pinstripe Bowl. However, the Eagles are soaring into this match-up— winning five of their last six games—and the proximity of this bowl game to Alumni Stadium should provide the momentum needed to defeat the Hawkeyes.
Prediction: BC 24, Iowa 21
Henry Pawelczyk: In what will be a hard-fought, tough game between two run-first teams, look for the battle in the trenches to ultimately decided the victor. Although Iowa has a slight advantage on offense with their polished sophomore quarterback Nate Stanley, the Eagles’ defense led by Zach Allen and Ty Schwab should be just enough to pull BC over the edge. In the end, my money is on a last minute interception by Lukas Denis to seal the Hawkeyes’ fate on a chilly evening in the Bronx.
Prediction: BC 23, Iowa 17
Patrick Carpenter: The Eagles will head to the Bronx and continue to ride the momentum they have found over their last six games. They face a stiff challenge, as Iowa has had success against a number of quality Big Ten opponents this year, including a 55-24 trouncing of Ohio State. But BC comes into the game as a team—hungry to prove that this year’s success was no fluke. Defensively, the Eagles will stay close to make up for the absence of Anthony Brown, and AJ Dillon will lead a strong rushing attack in a relatively low scoring game.
Prediction: BC 24, Iowa 20
Andy Towriss: Boston College comes into the Pinstripe Bowl as underdogs against a tough defensive-minded Iowa. Iowa boasts a superior passing game, so the Eagles will have to rely on senior defensive leaders such as Ty Schwab to make the big plays that prevent an aerial assault. With BC’s struggling passing game, expect BC to rely on AJ Dillon to hit some home run plays in Yankees Stadium.
Prediction: BC 24, Iowa 21
Ellen Gerst: The Eagles are riding the high since winning five of their last six games, but I'm going to play devil's advocate and say that Iowa will be their kryptonite. The Hawkeyes proved themselves in the regular season with big wins over Big 10 champ Ohio State and Iowa State. Defensively, Iowa's Josh Jackson, probably a first-round pick in the 2018 draft, will be ready to stuff any passes BC dares to make in a game where both teams rely heavily on rush offense. With Anthony Brown out, Iowa has the advantage at QB with Nate Stanley, who will throw the winning pass in overtime to give Iowa the win.
Prediction: Iowa 28, BC 21 (OT)
Tommy O'Brien: The Iowa Hawkeyes are a formidable opponent for the Boston College Eagles, but the Eagles are riding a two game win streak into Yankee Stadium. The dominant rushing attack, lead by freshman A.J. Dillon, will lead the Eagles to an upset that favors the Hawkeyes.
Prediction: BC 28, Iowa 21