Boston College Eagles
(7-5, 5-7 ATS)
Nevada Wolf Pack
(12-1, 7-6 ATS)
No win this year shook the framework of the college football betting world than when the Nevada Wolf Pack took out the Boise State Broncos in November. Now, the Pack are back in action this year in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, the last bowl bash of the year before the main course, the BCS National Championship Game. Nevada will take on the Boston College Eagles out in San Francisco.
The Eagles played incredibly well down the stretch, winning their final five games of the year and going 4-1 ATS to show for their work. They never really turned into contenders in the ACC Atlantic Division, and they do only have two wins over bowl teams this year, but they are definitely live dogs in this one with Head Coach Frank Spaziani calling the shots. Coach Spaz has himself one heck of a defense this year, a unit which is allowing just 302.5 yards and 19.5 points per game. No team does a better job against enemy ground games than does Boston College, which is holding teams to just 72.7 yards per game. Offense has been a real issue though, ranking No. 104 in the land in total yards and No. 109 in points per game (312.8 and 18.9 respectively). QB Chase Rettig has a lot of work to do to really be the prime man in this offense, but the frosh threw for 1,117 yards and six scores in a respectable end of season run. RB Montel Harris is the key to the team, as he rumbled the ball 268 times for 1,242 yards and eight scores.
Nevada’s offense is one of the best in the country, as the Pistol look really terrorized opponents this year. If not for a slip on the Big Island against the Hawaii Warriors, this probably would be a Top 10 team in the land that might have made it to the BCS. Averaging 536.1 yards per game was good enough to rank No. 2 in the country, while this unit dropped 42.6 points per game on average, No. 4 in the land. This is the final game in the illustrious career of QB Colin Kaepernick. He has thrown for 2,830 yards and 20 TDs and rushed for 1,181 yards and 20 TDs, making him the third man in the history of college football to have at least 20 TDs passing and rushing in the same year. The four year starter in Reno, Kaepernick accounted for 9,906 passing yards, 81 passing TDs, 4,091 rushing yards, and 59 rushing scores. It’s also the last stand for RB Vai Taua, who has had a great career with the Wolf Pack as well. Can you imagine the numbers that this man would have put up had he not split carries with RB Luke Lippincott for the majority of his career? Taua already has a career high with 1,534 yards and 19 rushing TDs this year, and he has 4,524 yards on the ground for his career to go with 44 scores.
This might seem like a lopsided college football betting battle, but the great equalizer here is that Spaziani and his staff have had a full month to prepare for this game. There’s a reason that this Nevada team quite often struggles at the outset of the season and really turns the jets on halfway through the year. It’s hard to prepare for this offense in just one week. Give it five or six weeks though, and it really could be no contest. BC should at least stick in front of this number, if not win this game outright.
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Free Pick: Boston College Eagles +7