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#106 Boston College -20
Friday, September 13, 2019 at 7:30pm EDT
Alumni Stadium, Boston
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Boston College Eagles will host the Kansas Jayhawks in non-conference action Friday night from Alumni Stadium. The Jayhawks enter this one 1-1. They tallied an uninspiring 24-17 win against Indians State of the FCS in their season opener. Last week was a huge disappointment for the Jayhawks as they posted a 12-7 home loss to Coastal Carolina in a game that had Kansas favored by seven points.

Boston College has enjoyed a strong start. They recorded a minor 35-28 upset win against Virginia Tech of the ACC in their home opener, and they improved to 2-0 with a 45-13 win over Richmond last week. The Eagles offense is a big threat led by Anthony Brown who features a 5:0 TD to INT ratio. Boston College is not ranked in the AP Top 25, although they did receive a few votes. There is no previous meeting between these two schools.

Jayhawks Stunned by Coastal Carolina

The Kansas Jayhawks face an uphill battle in this matchup, especially when considering their performance through their first two games. They barely defeated Indiana State in their season opener, and they are coming off an abysmal 12-7 loss to Coastal Carolina in their home opener. QB Carter Stanley struggled in the defeat, tossing two interceptions accompanied with only 107 passing yards after a solid performance in week one. The senior QB has accrued 348 passing yards with a 2:2 TD to INT ratio in two games.

Despite the poor performance, KU is staying with Stanley-for the moment.

“He was guilty of trying to make plays, okay, and it’s the right thing, and it’s absolutely the wrong thing,” head coach Les Miles said. “In this instance he made a couple mistakes. I think he’s a guy that’s accountable. I think he’ll step in and with opportunity play well. I’m not going to make a change at this time.”

“He can extend things with his feet and really should have done that a little bit more,” Miles continued. “He could have gone and got a couple first downs, and those are things that he’s very comfortable doing. It’s just awareness.”

The Jayhawks running game is expected to be a strength led by the dynamic Pooka Williams Jr. and Khalil Herbert. Williams Jr. accumulated over 1100 rushing yards in 2018, and he rushed for 99 yards on 22 carries last week after sitting out in the season opener.

Andrew Parchment is looking good, registering a solid 135 receiving yards on 11 receptions. The Jayhawks are expected to improve on offense this season under first-year coach Miles, however, so far they have not lived up to expectations.

The Kansas defense is playing well. They held Coastal Carolina to only 291 total yards last week, and their pass defense has been a strength, while their rush defense is struggling. They have a difficult task against a well-rounded Boston College offense. The Jayhawks have only averaged 15.5 points in two contests while allowing an average of 14.5 points.

Boston College Posts Promising Start to Season

The Boston College Eagles are a team on the rise. The Eagles opened their season with a 35-28 upset home win over Virginia Tech in a game that had the Eagles labeled as 4.5 point underdogs. They did as expected and hammered Richmond of the FCS 45-13 last week. QB Anthony Brown connected on 57% of his passes against V.T. in week one and the junior QB has collected 438 passing yards with a perfect 5:0 TD to INT ratio in two games.

Eagles’ #1 RB AJ Dillon could have a huge impact on this game. The junior RB is experienced, and he has put up big numbers in two straight seasons, rushing for 1589 yards in 2017 and 1108 yards last year. Dillon has 167 rushing yards in two games this season. Another player to watch for is Kobay White. The junior WR tallied 526 receiving yards last year, and he has displayed good chemistry with QB Anthony Brown. White has made four grabs for 88 yards in two games. The Boston College offense was a strength last year, and they return their QB, top RB, and #1 receiver which should translate to solid production in ACC play.

“I very much respect him and the way that he coaches and what he brings to the table. He’ll have a team that will continue to develop and be tough and get better and be a very competitive team.

-Eagles HC Steve Addazio on KU head coach Les Miles.

The Eagles defense was also solid last season, although they experienced plenty of roster turnover, especially on the defensive line. They were able to hold down Virginia Tech in week one which bodes well heading into this one as Kansas isn’t exactly an offensive powerhouse.

Boston College is averaging 40 points in their first two games. The Eagles have allowed an average of 20.5 points.

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Boston College should be able to come away with a decisive home win in this matchup. The Eagles have the edge in all areas and I expect a blowout win. The Jayhawks only managed 21 points in week one against an FCS opponent in Indiana State, and they are coming off an embarrassing 12-7 home loss to Coastal Carolina of the Sun Belt last week.

Furthermore, the Eagles should overwhelm the Jayhawks defense as they feature too many weapons. Anthony Brown has tallied five TD passes, and the dangerous AJ Dillon should run wild against a rush defense that stands down at 92nd in the country against the run. Dillon is one of the best RB’s in the ACC. The junior rushed for 1108 yards in 10 games in 2018, and he has 167 yards in two games this year.

Prediction: Boston College Eagles

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The under is a strong play in this one. The Jayhawks have only averaged 312 total yards in their two games which occurred against Indiana State and Coastal Carolina, and Boston College is obviously a better defensive squad that both of these opponents, plus the under is 5-1 in the Jayhawks’ last six games overall.

Furthermore, the Kansas defense has been a bright spot early this year. They have only allowed a combined 29 points in two games, and while the Eagles should have a productive game, I believe the Jayhawks will at least contain them. The under is 5-1 in the Eagles’ last six games following a straight-up win, and I expect that trend to resume in this one.

Prediction: Under

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The under on the Jayhawks team total offered on PointsBet is a solid play as well. The Jayhawks have not shown anything offensively. Carter Stanley tossed two interceptions with zero TD’s against Coastal Carolina last week, and on the ground, they have only averaged 138 rushing yards. Lastly, the Eagles feature a terrific rush defense, plus this team led the ACC in interceptions last year. Scoring seven points against Coastal Carolina does not bode well going up against Boston College.

Prediction: Jayhawks Team Total Under

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I am sticking with Boston College on the halftime line. The Eagles are piling on the points in the first half. They scored 28 points in the first half against Virginia Tech of the ACC in week one, followed by 35 points last week. The Eagles were up 14 and 15 points at the half in their two games.

Prediction: Boston College Eagles
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.