LOUISVILLE over Bos­ton Col­lege by 16

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

It might look like a no-brainer to back the Red Birds here after last week’s loss, but not so fast, my friend. Not with a 2-6 ATS record off a SU road fa­vorite loss, and a 2-8 ATS log as con­fer­ence home chalk of 14 or more points. Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner La­mar Jackson was sacked four times by NC State on Thursday night and threw a crush­ing pick-6 in­ter­cep­tion late in the game, while the Car­di­nals’ de­fense al­lowed 520 yards in Louisville’s sec­ond straight ACC loss. Safe to say that an ACC At­lantic Di­vi­sion ti­tle is not in the Cards this sea­son (pun in­tended) with Clem­son and the Wolf­pack leav­ing Louisville in the dust. On the BC side, a dull mis­take-prone of­fense has mit­i­gated an ag­gres­sive de­fense, leav­ing HC Steve Ad­dazio with a 2-4 record against a tough sched­ule this sea­son. How­ever, the Ea­gles held Clem­son to just 7 points through three quar­ters be­hind fu­ture NFL draft pick DE Harold Landry and never gave up last week against Vir­ginia Tech. Things don’t get any eas­ier against the an­gry birds, but with a spread record as road un­der­dogs over the last 3-plus years, we think that the hard-try­ing Ea­gles are de­serv­ing of the call, es­pe­cially with Louisville’s banged-up de­fen­sive unit.

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