Boston College vs. Kansas info: It’s the Big 12 against the ACC on Friday night as the Kansas Jayhawks head east to face the Boston College Eagles. The nationally televised non-conference matchup kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET. Boston College (2-0) rolled to a 35-28 opening week win over Virginia Tech. Meanwhile, Kansas (1-1) is coming off an eye-opening 12-7 loss to Coastal Carolina, but improvement is expected under new head coach Les Miles, who guided LSU to a national title in 2007. Boston College vs. Kansas Live football info.
Team: Kansas Jayhawks vs Boston College Eagles
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Against the spread, the Eagles are 20-point favorites in the current Boston College vs. Kansas odds, down from an open of 21, with the over-under set at 51. These teams have never met and each had to replace more than half its starting lineup to begin the season, so before locking in any Kansas vs. Boston College picks and predictions, you need to see the results from the Sports Line Projection Model.
The model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. Over the past four years, this proprietary computer model has generated a jaw-dropping $4,530 profit for $100 bettors on its top-rated spread picks. Boston College vs. Kansas will be live on 7:30 PM ET.
The model enters Week 3 of the 2019 college football season on a blistering 18-6 run on its top-rated picks. It also called Colorado’s (+158) straight-up upset of Nebraska and was all over Army (+23) against No. 10 Michigan in a game the Black Knights pushed to overtime and covered with a ton of room to spare. Anybody who has been following it is way up.
Now, it has set its sights on Boston College vs. Kansas. We can tell you the model is leaning under, but it also says one side of the spread hits in over 50 percent of simulations. That pick is available over at Sports Line.
The model knows quarterback Anthony Brown and the Eagles have lit up opposing defenses so far, scoring 35 and 45 points in their two victories. And he’s not afraid to go downfield, averaging a whopping 19 yards per completion. He faces an inexperienced Kansas defense that is breaking in a new 3-4 scheme. Last season, Kansas gave up at least 48 points three times.
Boston College had its best season at home in a while last year, going 5-2. Kansas, meanwhile, has won just one road game since 2009 and covered the spread only 16 times in its last 53 road games. The Jayhawks have lost 18 of their last 22 road openers.
But just because the Eagles are humming and favored Friday doesn’t mean they’ll cover the Boston College vs. Kansas spread.
Kansas’ offense remains a work in progress, though the run game got it done on Saturday against Coastal Carolina. Pooka Williams, who last year rushed for 1,125 yards and seven touchdowns, gained 99 yards, while Khalil Herbert added 82. On Friday, the model says the pair will combine for 130 yards on the ground and over five yards per carry.
The Jayhawks’ defense has been a strength so far, allowing just 12 points per game and a scant 151 yards passing per game. B.C. likes to throw the ball, but its quarterback has completed only 57 percent of his passes.
Honestly, I’m not feeling nearly as confident as last week when picking a side in this strange Friday night matchup.
Here’s where to start, though: It’s always best to not overreact to one game. Sure, KU looked awful — especially offensively — in last week’s 12-7 home loss to Coastal Carolina, but there actually are some reasons for optimism in this contest.
For one, KU lost the turnover battle last Saturday, 2-0. That can be fluky week to week, and with every giveaway worth an average of five points. It’s not difficult to see a path for the Jayhawks to be more competitive if they simply get a couple better breaks on both ends.
Also: KU should be making some offensive changes this week. The Jayhawks have too many smart people. Including assistant coaches and analysts to simply continue the status quo while believing the results will change against an ACC opponent.
The problem for KU is likely to come defensively. Though KU’s defense has been its strength so far. Boston College provides the type of physical challenge the Jayhawks are likely to struggle with. Especially with the team’s lack of depth and rotation options in the front seven.
Just a hunch here: I think Boston College’s run game will be effective. But I think KU’s offense should be much better too. Look for more shotgun and less I-formation from the Jayhawks. Which should allow more space for playmakers like Pooka Williams and Khalil Herbert to break free.
Will that result in a road win? Probably not. But a more encouraging performance (along a Vegas cover) after last week’s disappointment would certainly be a step in the right direction.