The Boston College Eagles (6-4, 3-3 ACC) will take on the Pittsburgh Panthers (2-8, 1-5 ACC) in a matchup set for Thursday at 7 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on ESPN and according to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Eagles are favored by 3 points.
Boston College has the opportunity to enhance their bowl prospects by defeating Pittsburgh for the third consecutive time, despite being predicted to finish near the bottom of the ACC standings in August. On the other hand, the Panthers are eager to find something positive to build on as they endure what has been their worst season since 1998.
A key matchup to watch is between Boston College’s offensive line and Pitt’s defensive front. With the Eagles having the best rushing offense in the ACC, they are likely to exploit this advantage against a struggling Pitt defense.
Players to watch include Boston College’s quarterback Thomas Castellanos, known for his dual threat capabilities with passing and rushing, and Pitt’s running back Rodney Hammond, who aims to make an impact on the struggling Panthers offense.
In the last two meetings between the teams, the Eagles emerged victorious, including a close 31-30 win in 2020. Both teams are coming off significant defeats, with Boston College falling to Virginia Tech 48-22 and Pitt surrendering 382 rushing yards to Syracuse in a 28-13 loss. Notably, the Eagles have had four different leading rushers this season, and Pitt’s freshman linebacker Rasheem Biles is tied for the most blocked punts in the nation.
Pitt’s quarterback situation remains uncertain as head coach Pat Narduzzi has declined to reveal the starter for the upcoming game.
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