VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Betting Tools

BC, Wake squeezing in ACC matchup

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest and Boston College will try to beat Hurricane Florence - and each other.


The Demon Deacons (2-0) play host to the Eagles (2-0) on Thursday in a key Atlantic Coast Conference matchup moved ahead two hours in an attempt to finish before the hurricane reaches central North Carolina.

''It's a decision of, is it safe?'' Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said. ''It looks like we can do it in a safe way for our players, for BC's players and for our fans.

''We want to play the game,'' he added. ''We've done all of the prep and all of the practice. We're ready to play the game. There's more to consider. . We just have to keep monitoring it and making sure it's the right thing to do.''

While several other ACC schools called off their games for Saturday, BC and Wake will try to squeeze this one in. That meant a short week of preparation got even shorter by a couple of hours, with officials hoping the earlier kickoff time will allow the Eagles to take off for Boston before conditions deteriorate.

''I feel like I'm in a submarine right now,'' BC coach Steve Addazio said of his focus on the game. ''If I don't have complete focus - you miss a day, so to speak, or your practice isn't right, you're done. There is no make-up on that now. So I've been pretty locked into it.''

On the field, the game matches a pair of teams with designs on continuing their steady, multiyear climbs up the Atlantic Division hierarchy and challenging No. 2 Clemson for the title.

The Eagles are led by AJ Dillon, the conference's leading rusher at 123.5 yards per game and someone who could put up big numbers if rain and wind neutralize the passing game. Wake Forest counters with explosive receiver Greg Dortch , who leads the nation with 255 all-purpose yards per game.

''Do you need to be aware of him? One hundred percent,'' Addazio said. ''Can he make an impact on the game? He absolutely can and will, so you've got to account for all that.''


Boston College is chasing its first 3-0 start since 2007 - when the Eagles eventually reached No. 2 in the AP Top 25 and played in the ACC championship game. Wake Forest has opened each of the previous two seasons with four consecutive wins.


Both teams have put up big stats during their undefeated starts , with a combined average margin of victory of nearly 30 points. But there's still a question of how good they actually are because neither has yet to play a power-conference team. Among the teams they've beaten are Tulane, Massachuetts and two FCS teams. ''I don't know what the value of those stats,'' Addazio said. ''They're not real to me.''


Wake Forest's offensive line leads the ACC in fewest tackles for a loss allowed (six) and has given up one sack. That group should get a test from a Boston College defense that has seven sacks in two games.


The Demon Deacons lead the conference with eight sacks and Clawson says that number could be higher because ''we've missed a lot of sacks.'' Wake Forest did allow 345 yards passing to FCS Towson a week ago. ''There's some fundamental things we need to get better at,'' Clawson said. ''The message is, we're capable of being better and that's why breakdowns happen. We have to coach them out of it.''


More AP college football: and

Copyright 2018 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

· Marshall: Tech Trends - Week 12
· Nelson: 4th Quarter Covers - Week 11
· Williams: Betting Recap - Week 11
· Saban has no plans to sit Tagovailoa
· Texas making late drives to win games
· UGA focus shifts to UMass at home
· Clemson 'not done yet' after win
· Boston College QB Brown day to day
· Georgia announces series with top pair
Why Buy Picks From
NCAAFB College Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAA FB Hot Streaks
20-10 L4 Sat, 33-15 Run, +1,905 TY
6-0 Saturday, 12-3 L15 Guarantees
13-4 L17, 23-6 Win Streak
19-6 L25 G-Plays, 64% +1,737 TY
6-1 Last 7 Guaranteed Plays
19-10 L29 Picks, +1,139 TY
7-2 L5 Sat, 12-6 Picks, 62% Overall
11-4 G-Plays, 38-22 L11 Saturdays
7-2 L9 NCAA FB Guarantees
12-4 L3 Saturdays, 8-3 L11 Totals
6-3 L9 Guaranteed Plays
4-1 L5 G-Plays, 17-7 CFB Totals TY
12-5 L3 Saturdays, 59% +1,031 TY
8-1 L9 Totals, 4-2 Week 11
10-5 L4 Saturdays, 3-0 L3 G-Plays
4-1 Record Saturday
13-5 L18 Totals, 16-4 L7 Fridays
5-1 Saturday, 8-2 L10 Picks
7-2 G-Play Run, 15-8 L23 Picks
6-2 Record Last Saturday
NCAA FB College Football Expert Sports Picks
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Pat Hawkins + 1905
Scott Rickenbach + 1737
Stephen Nover + 1330
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 804
Zack Cimini + 690
Scott Rickenbach + 595
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Scott Rickenbach 64 %
Zack Cimini 64 %
Scott Pritchard 62 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 1167
Brian Edwards + 597
Matt Fargo + 320
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 1183
Ben Burns + 930
Alex Smart + 788
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 1103
Bruce Marshall + 831
Stephen Nover + 680
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds Pro subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership