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Week 11 - Boston College at New Mexico State

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Posted Nov 6, 2013


Week 11 Fearless Prediction & Preview - Boston College at New Mexico State

Boston College (4-4) at New Mexico State (1-8) Nov. 9, 3:30, ESPN3

Why You Should Give A Hoot: Boston College’s second western swing of the year will have a very different feel to it than the first one. When the Eagles trekked to USC in Week 3, they were an uncertain bunch, still learning Steve Addazio’s new staff and philosophies. Now, as they head out to Las Cruces, they’re a confident and emboldened group, having just stunned once-beaten Virginia Tech. Upstart BC cannot afford a stumble as it takes aim at the postseason for the first time since 2010.New Mexico State jumped all over Louisiana-Lafayette last week, but faded in a 49-35 loss. The Aggies defeated Abilene Christian a week earlier, but haven’t beaten an FBS opponent since Nov. 12, 2011.

Why Boston College Might Win: New Mexico State sports one of the most generous run defenses in the FBS, yielding almost seven yards per carry. That’s a particularly big concern with bruising Andre Williams coming to town. Williams ranks No. 2 nationally at 147 yards rushing per game, and will approach his third 200-yard day of 2013 with enough touches. The senior is coming off a huge day against the Hokies, which boast one of the country’s top defenses.

Why New Mexico State Might Win: The Aggie offense has shown flickers of hope over the past two weeks, tallying 69 points in a sign that it’s digesting head coach Doug Martin’s system. QB Andrew McDonald can beat defenses with his arm and his feet, meaning one of the BC linebackers will need to spy him at all times. He’s become increasingly comfortable with former all-star WR Austin Franklin, who’s caught 27 passes for 357 yards and three scores in just the last three games.

Who To Watch Out For: Boston College has seen major improvements in its pass rush this season, with senior DE Kasim Edebali developing into a bona fide star off the edge. He has 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles, and had his way with the Virginia Tech blockers last week.

- Franklin is making the strides in the passing game that could see him enter the 2014 NFL Draft at the end of his junior year. He has elite pass-catching skills, but he missed the first month of the season because of academic issues.

What Will Happen: It’s a good thing that Boston College drew New Mexico State this week, because the program can’t possibly avoid a post-Hokie hangover. The Eagles will run Williams without much resistance, cranking out more than 300 yards on the ground to get over the .500 mark.

Prediction: Boston College 49 … New Mexico State 14
Line: Boston College -24 o/u: 60.5
Must See Rating: (5 The Wolf of Wall Street – 1 Ass Backwards) … 1.5
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