2017 Pinstripe Bowl Odds, Preview & Pick: Boston College vs. Iowa

2017 Pinstripe Bowl Odds, Preview & Pick: Boston College vs. Iowa

Written by on December 26, 2017

With Christmas out of the way, we are now into the heart of college football bowl season, and in the final week before the playoff semi-finals, we have a bunch of great games to look forward to. Bowl season generally kicks into high gear on December 26, and this year is no different. This is when we start to see some of the bigger schools go head to head, and we get some very interesting match-ups indeed. Yankee Stadium will play host to one such game, with the Boston College Eagles and the Pinstripe Bowl odds favorite Iowa Hawkeyes meeting in a game that could well be decided by whoever gets the ball last. These appear to be a pair of evenly matched teams, and it’s going to be a tough game for college football bettors to handicap. Our online sportsbook have Iowa in as the favorite in the NCAAF odds, but only just, as the Hawkeyes arrive in the Big Apple as a 2 ½ point favorite. The point total for this one, as you may have expected, is quite low at 45 ½ points. Can these two teams combine to beat that mark, and who will come out on top?

Eagles vs. Hawkeyes Pinstripe Bowl Odds, Preview & Pick

  • When: Wednesday, December 27 at 5:15 PM EST
  • Where: Yankee Stadium, NYC
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: 93.7 FM (Boston College) / 99.3 FM (Iowa)
  • Live Stream: Watch ESPN
  • Pinstripe Bowl Odds: Iowa Hawkeyes -2.5 (Over/Under at 45.5)

Weather Forecast

  • Partly Cloudy: -4°C/24°F
  • Humidity: 33%
  • Precipitation: 0%
  • Cloud Cover: 33%
  • Wind: 15 mph NW
  • Stadium Type: Open

Wildcats are Favorites at the 2017 Cactus Bowl Lines vs. Bruins

Team Records

  • All: Boston College Eagles 7-5 / Iowa Hawkeyes 7-5
  • Home: Boston College Eagles 2-4 / Iowa Hawkeyes 5-2
  • Away: Boston College Eagles 5-1 / Iowa Hawkeyes 2-3
  • ATS: Boston College Eagles 8-3-1 / Iowa Hawkeyes 6-5-1
  • Over/Under: Boston College Eagles 4-8 / Iowa Hawkeyes 5-7

Why bet on the Boston College Eagles?

Boston College ended the season at 7-5, but it was how they closed things out that was particularly impressive. This is a team that won 5 of its last 6 games and did so in some considerable style. The defense gave up a total of just 60 points through their final 5 games, with the offense scoring an average of 36 PPG during the last 6 weeks of the season, well up from the 26 PPG that they averaged through the entire regular season. As good as they were coming in, this is a team that has historically not played particularly well in games played in December, where they are just 1-5 SU in their last 6. Things tend to stay on the low side of the scoring coin when the Eagles face Big 10 opposition, with 5 of their last 7 games against that group going UNDER. Overall this season, Boston College owns a healthy 8-3-1 ATS and 4-8 O/U.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Average Score For: 26.17
  • Total Yards: 387.00
  • Rush Yards: 224.17
  • Passing Yards: 162.83
Defense
  • Average Score Against: 22.50
  • Total Yards: 398.08
  • Rush Yards: 198.75
  • Passing Yards: 199.33

Why bet on the Iowa Hawkeyes?

The Iowa Hawkeyes finished the season 7-5 but somewhat limped to the finish line, losing 2 of their last 3 games. That said, they had a brutal conference schedule in the Big 10, and proved that they are a very good team with a signature win over the Ohio State Buckeyes a few weeks back. Iowa was a little more explosive than usual on offense, averaging 28 PPG, but it was definitely business as usual on the defensive side of the football. Iowa is favored by the 2017 Pinstripe Bowl Odds against Boston College.   This is a team that has adopted a defensive style of football over the years, and they did it again this year by holding the opposition to less than 20 PPG. It’s no real surprise then to learn that 6 of the last 7 games that Iowa has played in December have gone UNDER. Overall this season, the Hawkeyes went 6-5-1 ATS and 5-7 O/U.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Average Score For: 28.33
  • Total Yards: 340.25
  • Rush Yards: 142.42
  • Passing Yards: 197.83
Defense
  • Average Score Against: 19.92
  • Total Yards: 355.33
  • Rush Yards: 142.08
  • Passing Yards: 213.25

Latest Pinstripe Bowl Betting Trends

  • Boston College is 8-0-1 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Boston College is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston College’s last 9 games
  • Iowa is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Iowa is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Iowa’s last 9 games

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I think this game is going to be as close as the line suggests, but I also believe that Boston College will spring the mild upset at the Pinstripe Bowl odds, with the total going slightly OVER. Score: Boston College Eagles 27 – Iowa Hawkeyes 21
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