Boston College vs Wake Forest Game Prediction
Boston College vs Wake Forest Preview and Prediction
It’s not often this ACC rivalry showdown features two undefeated teams–but when you play in early September and have up-and-coming programs playing well this matchup begins to intrigue.
Both teams have started the season 2-0, and honestly this is a massive early season matchup in the Atlantic for what is all of a sudden a wide open race for second place behind Clemson given the struggles of Florida State thus far.
How they got here
Boston College blew out two lesser programs, UMass 55-21 and Holy Cross 62-14.
Wake Forest had a tough test Week 1, barely escaping Tulane 23-17, but came back strong crushing Towson 51-20.
Respectfully, the early season matchups for these two squads should result in both teams being undefeated–and that’s exactly what has happened.
Weather will play a factor
Hurricane Florence is moving towards the Carolina’s this week, expected to make landfall within the next few days’. This being a Thursday night matchup, the hurricane will make an impact–how much is yet to be seen.
If it’s a wet, soggy game, Boston College has a decided advantage. They have one of the best running backs in the nation, AJ Dillon in the backfield. He can keep the tempo slow and eat up time of possession if it’s difficult to complete a pass because of weather.
These two teams have been on-par with each other for most of their existence. In 25 prior meetings, Boston College holds a 13-10-2 advantage, but Wake Forest won the meeting last season 34-10–their largest margin of victory ever in this series.
X-Factor for BC
AJ Dillon. He’s the real deal and is the main offensive weapon for the Eagles. As a freshman last season, Dillon racked up 1,589 yards and 14 touchdowns.
He has not disappointed this season rushing for 249 yards and three scores in BC’s two games. Against Holy Cross, Dillon only needed six carries to amass 149 yards and three touchdowns.
X-Factor for Wake
Greg Dortch. Just like Dillon for the Eagles, Dortch is the Deacons best offensive player and will need to play a role for Wake to win this ballgame. It will be more of a challenge for Dortch as the sophomore receiver will need the weather cooperate to find success in the receiving game.
Last year, Dortch accounted for 722 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He’s been the targeted an insane number in two games this season, hauling in 19 passes for 243 yards and one score.
LINE: -5 Boston College
We don’t know exactly how the hurricane will affect the game, but my guess is that it will be a wet, dreary game day. This moves the advantage clearly to BC as they should be able to control time of possession and run the ball on this Demon Deacons defense.
Low scoring affair, but Boston College does enough to start the season 3-0.
Boston College 20 Wake Forest 17