Boise State (10-3) is the favorite against Boston College (7-5) at the Cotton Bowl Stadium for the First Responder Bowl on Wednesday (December 26, 2018, 13:30ET).
The betting line started at -3.0 points for the Broncos. They’ve gone 9-3 SU as favorites this year, and 6-5-1 ATS. The Eagles are 1-2 straight up as underdogs, and 2-1-0 against the spread.
Boise State’s run of perpetually good form continued in 2018, albeit with hiccup or two along the way. The Broncos finished the season 10-3, with a disappointing loss to Fresno State in the Mountain West Championship game to cap it all off.
Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien completed 67.3% of his passes this season for 3,705 yards and 30 touchdowns. Rypien is an efficient quarterback, with a passer rating of 156.0 this season. Alexander Mattison gained 1,588 yards from scrimmage and rushed for 17 touchdowns, averaging 4.7 yards per carry.
As a whole, the team gained 459.5 yards per game and scored 35.4 points per game. The defense allowed 355.9 yards and 22.1 points per game, while Curtis Weaver led the Broncos with 10 sacks this season.
Boston College lost the defensive coordinator that made them great in previous seasons to Michigan, but still managed to go 7-5 and remain bowl eligible. Nobody in the ACC Atlantic is going to challenge Clemson for a while, so it’s best not to waste a great season on 2018. A win in this bowl game would cap off a decent season.
The Eagles offense features QB Anthony Brown, who passed for 2,121 yards and 20 TD’s this season. Brown completed 55.4% of his passes, which works out to a passer rating of 134.8. AJ Dillon rushed for 1,415 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 4.9 yards per carry.
Altogether, Boston College averaged 404.4 yards per game and 32.0 points. The defense allowed 403.2 yards and 25.7 points per game. Wyatt Ray scored 9 sacks this season.
First Responder Bowl Betting Advice
The temptation will be to take the under on brand name alone, although that might not be a wise move. Boston College’s defense isn’t what it used to be, and Boise State is properly potent on offense.