Location: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Annapolis, Md.)
Time: Dec. 27, 2:30 p.m. EST on ESPN
Teams: Boston College (6–6) versus East Carolina (7–5)
Line: Boston College -3.5
These two teams went in completely different directions to end the season, with Boston College losing a close game to Florida State and getting blown out by Wake Forest in the last game of their regular season. ECU won four of their last five, ultimately losing to Cincinnati in their regular-season finale (which... that Cincy team seems pretty good).
They boast a top-25 passing offense led by Holton Ahlers, which could be the difference against a banged-up BC defense.
To us, 3.5 is too many points to justify taking BC.
These teams are evenly matched, but the fact that BC is on a skid and ECU finished the season strong sets up a very close bowl matchup. Ultimately ECU's defense will be the deciding factor, as they'll have the opportunity to feast on a struggling BC offense.
The Score: ECU wins 24-20
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