Preview: Arizona at Boston College

When: 12:30 PM ET, Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Where: Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana


ADVOCARE V100 BOWL STORYLINES

1. All eyes will be on star running backs Andre Williams and Ka'Deem Carey as this New Year's Eve game in Shreveport, La., features two of the nation's top rushing attacks. Williams, who rushed for a Boston College-record 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns, edged out Carey for the Doak Walker Award before finishing fourth in Heisman Trophy voting. Carey, a two-time All-American, also had 17 touchdowns while ranking fifth behind Williams in FBS play with 1,716 yards.

2.
The Wildcats had a somewhat awkward finish to the regular season, losing three of their last four but making the one win memorable, pounding then-No. 5 Oregon 42-16 on Nov. 23. The luster of that victory was wiped away in a 58-21 loss to rival Arizona State the following week, which clinched the program's 15th straight season with at least five losses.

3.
The Eagles used to make a living in bowl games, reaching 12 straight from 1999-2010 before two down years without an entry. The Wildcats are in a bowl game for the fifth time in the last six seasons.

TV:
12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Arizona -7.5

ABOUT ARIZONA (7-5, 4-5 Pac-12):
While Carey is the star, quarterback B.J. Denker is a dual threat who can make the Wildcats' backfield nearly impossible to defend. Denker ranked seventh among FBS quarterbacks with 898 rushing yards and tied for third with 12 rushing touchdowns. However, it was Denker's ability to manage the passing game that often made the difference, as he had seven touchdown passes against one interception in Arizona's seven wins and seven touchdowns against six picks in its five losses.

ABOUT BOSTON COLLEGE (7-5, 4-4 ACC): The Eagles won four straight down the stretch for first-year head coach Steve Addazio before dropping the season finale at Syracuse on a late touchdown. The winning season and Williams' emergence as a national star turned the tide for a program that was mired in losing prior to Addazio's arrival. It also put a nice cap on the careers of a quality group of seniors, including Williams, quarterback Chase Rettig, B.C.'s all-time receiving yards leader Alex Amidon and record-setting kicker Nate Freese.

PREDICTION:
Arizona 31, Boston College 28

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Arizona 7-5 L1 32.8 24.7 4-2 3-3 5-4 0-0 4-5
Boston College 7-5 L1 28.4 27.8 5-1 2-4 2-3 0-0 4-4

Last Meeting

Arizona Boston College
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
No Previous Meeting.

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
ARIZ N/A
BC N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
ARIZ N/A
BC N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
ARIZ N/A
BC N/A
TDs Player TD
ARIZ N/A
BC N/A
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
ARIZ B. Denker 60.5 2241 14 7
BC C. Rettig 61.6 1809 17 6
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
ARIZ K. Carey 323 1720 5.3 17
BC A. Williams 329 2102 6.4 17
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
ARIZ N. Phillips 42 503 12.0 7
BC A. Amidon 67 900 13.4 5
TDs Player TD
ARIZ K. Carey 18
BC A. Williams 17

Quickchart Matchup

Arizona Off vs  Boston College Def
452.6 yards
423.2 yards
5.3 yards/rush
4 yards/rush
6.2 yards/attempt
8.1 yards/attempt
Boston College Off vs  Arizona Def
369.4 yards
405.2 yards
5.5 yards/rush
4.2 yards/rush
7.5 yards/attempt
6.5 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Arizona Overall Boston College
7-5-0 W/L 7-5-0
5-7-0 ATS 7-5-0
4-8-0 O/U 7-5-0
32.8 Pts For 28.4
24.7 Pts Against 27.8
Arizona A/H Boston College
3-3 W/L 5-1
2-4-0 ATS 5-1-0
4-2-0 O/U 4-2-0
33.3 Pts For 33.7
31.3 Pts Against 24.5