It looks like a lopsided matchup in this one with 11-2 SMU taking on 6-6 Boston College. SMU is coming in smoking hot and that's why they are favored by 10 points in this game that kicks off at 11 a.m. est at Fenway Park.
SMU has had a dominant season, reflected in their offensive prowess. They rank sixth in the nation in points per game, averaging over 40 points per contest, and are also 14th in total offense. The team's strength lies in its ability to spread the ball both through the air and on the ground. Key players to watch include running back Jaylan Knighton, who has accumulated 720 yards rushing along with seven touchdowns. However, they will be without their star quarterback Preston Stone due to injury, with Jennings expected to start in his place.
Defensively, SMU has been formidable, especially in their pass rush, finishing second in the country with 47 sacks. Key defensive players include Eliha Roberts and Kobe Wilson. The defense is known for being opportunistic, ranking 15th in giveaways.
Boston College Overview:
Boston College has had challenges, especially on the offensive front, ranking 83rd nationally with an average of 25.0 points per game. Their key player is sophomore quarterback Thomas Castellanos, a dual-threat who has shown his ability both in passing and rushing. However, their defense has struggled, ranking 95th in the nation, giving up 29.5 points per game. Linebacker Vinny DePalma is a player to watch on defense.
SMU appears to have the edge in this matchup, especially with their potent offense against Boston College's weaker defense. The absence of SMU's starting quarterback might affect their scoring, but they are still expected to cruise to victory. Boston College's offense will need to step up to match SMU's scoring capabilities. Predictions favor SMU to win and cover.