Week 8 of the college football season is here, including the another week of terrific matchups.
Our handicappers Brian Edwards, Tim Murray and Wes Reynolds are here to give you their best bets for eight games on the weekend's card.
Lines are consensus odds from VSiN's college football lines page, as of Thursday afternoon.
Boston College Eagles (-3.5, 54.5) vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Edwards: Boston College (3-2 straight up, 3-2 against the spread) is in bounce-back mode after losing 40-14 at Virginia Tech. However, this was an extremely misleading final score, as the Eagles only trailed 17-14 with 4:00 left in the third quarter.
Jeff Hafley’s team produced 98 yards on its first two drives spanning 11 plays, only for both possessions to end in fumbles at Virginia Tech’s 41 and 15, respectively. Boston College had another drive end early in the fourth quarter inside the red zone when it ran out of downs.
Although Hafley’s team had a 24-23 edge in first downs and the Hokies had just a slight advantage in total offense (461-435), the Eagles were -5 in turnover margin and failed to cover the number as double-digit underdogs.
Nevertheless, Notre Dame transfer QB Phil Jurcovek gives us a big advantage at the position compared to Georgia Tech’s Jeff Sims, who has a 6-to-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Sims has had his moments and I think he has a bright future, but he’s playing like a true freshman that is too turnover prone.
Jurcovek has ignited Boston College’s aerial attack, completing 62.6 percent of his throws for 1,526 yards with a 10-to-4 TD-INT ratio. He also has three rushing TDs.
Zay Flowers is one of the ACC’s premier WRs, catching 28 balls for 462 yards and four TDs, and Hunter Long is one of the nation’s top TEs, hauling in 35 receptions for 416 yards and three TDs.
BC owns a 14-6-1 ATS record in its last 21 home contests. On the flip side, the Yellow Jackets are 10-15-1 ATS in their past 26 road assignments.
Pick: Boston College -3.5
South Carolina Gamecocks at LSU Tigers (-6, 55.5)
Edwards: I was able to get South Carolina at 7, so I recommend buying the half-point to the key number. The Gamecocks are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games as road underdogs.