Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Boston College Eagles (-3, 48.5)
Wake Forest and Boston College look to build on season-opening wins over FCS opponents when the teams begin ACC play in Chestnut Hill on Friday. Boston College marked coach Steve Addazio’s debut with a 24-14 win over Villanova last week, while Wake Forest forced six turnovers and allowed only two first downs in a 31-7 win over Presbyterian. Nine of the last 10 meetings in the series have been decided by 10 or fewer points.
Boston College finished 2-10 overall and 1-7 in conference play last season, but there were some encouraging signs in the win over Villanova. Senior linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis had a team-high 12 tackles to lead the Eagles’ defense, which finished 100th in the nation in total yards allowed last season. The unit needs another strong performance against the Demon Deacons and freshman wide receiver Jonathan Williams, who had five catches for 143 yards in his first game.TV:
8 p.m. ET, ESPN2. LINE:
Boston College opened at -1 and has been bet up to a field-goal favorite. The total opened at 48 and has climb half a point to 48.5.WEATHER:
Temperatures in the mid 50s with clear skies and winds blowing SSW at 4 mph.ABOUT WAKE FOREST (1-0):
The Demon Deacons, picked to finish fourth in the ACC Atlantic Division, expect to have All-ACC receiver Michael Campanaro back after he missed last Saturday’s game with a sore hamstring. Campanaro’s return would be a welcome boost for a Wake Forest team that ranked 116th nationally in scoring last season and failed to establish the run in the season opener. The Demon Deacons are hoping for a bounce-back effort from sophomore kicker Chad Hedlund, who missed two of three field goal attempts against Presbyterian.
ABOUT BOSTON COLLEGE (1-0):
Senior running back Andre Williams carried 23 times for 114 yards last week, but he left the game with a hamstring injury and could miss Friday’s contest. If Williams is forced to sit out, the Eagles will rely heavily on quarterback Chase Rettig and wide receiver Alex Amidon, who had a career-high 13 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown against Villanova. Redshirt freshman Bobby Wolford, who switched from linebacker to fullback last month, made an immediate impact last week with 84 receiving yards and a touchdown.TRENDS:
* Favorite is 5-1 ATS in their last six meetings.
* Over is 4-1 in the last six meetings in Boston College.
* Demon Deacons are 8-17 ATS in their last 25 road games.
* Under is 19-7-1 in Eagles' last 27 conference games.EXTRA POINTS:
1. Boston College has lost two straight to Wake Forest following four consecutive victories.
2. After playing a total of 22 true freshmen in his first 12 years at Wake Forest, coach Jim Grobe used 10 first-year players against Presbyterian.
3. Boston College senior K Nate Freese has made 52 of his 63 career field-goal attempts.