College football odds: Wake Forest at Boston College
It’s the ACC opener for Boston College and Wake Forest on Friday night and the Eagles opened as 3-point favorites on WagerWeb.
Alex Amidon had 13 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown as Boston College recovered from a slow start to beat Villanova 24-14 on Saturday and win its first game under coach Steve Addazio. It’s the eighth career game with 100-plus yards receiving for Amidon, tying Brian Brennan and Rich Gunnell for most in BC history. Amidon’s 49-yard TD haul from QB Chase Rettig turned the momentum in the game, as the speedy Amidon got behind the Nova defense and ran free down the right hash marks to bring BC back even on the opening drive of the second half.
Andre Williams ran for 114 yards on 23 carries for the Eagles (1-0), who won just twice last season and fired coach Frank Spaziani. Williams had to leave the Eagles’ season-opening win in the third quarter with a hamstring injury. The Eagles may have to rely on David Dudeck, Tyler Rouse and fellow true freshman Myles Willis if Williams isn’t ready to go. Rouse carried the ball eight times for 14 yards, while Dudeck had four carries for 5 yards against Villanova.
BC lost its last four games last season to finish with double-digits in losses for just the second time in school history. The Wildcats, a top 10 team in the Football Championship Subdivision, also led 14-7 before Boston College scored the next 17 points.
Wake Forest opened with a 31-7 win over FCS team Presbyterian. N.C. Tanner Price accounted for two touchdowns, redshirt freshman Jonathan Williams had 143 yards receiving and Wake Forest forced six turnovers. Price was 14 of 25 for 219 yards, threw a 20-yard TD pass to Spencer Bishop and ran 3 yards for another score. Williams’ receiving total was the ost ever for a Wake freshman in his first game; All-ACC receiver Michael Campanaro was held out because of a tender hamstring. True freshman John Armstrong led the team on the ground with six carries for 38 yards, while seven other Demon Deacons ran the ball for at least 10 yards. Presbyterian gained 66 yards on the first play of the game, then 85 total the rest of the way.
Last season in Winston-Salem, Wake Forest beat BC 28-14. Campanaro caught three first-half touchdown passes from Price. Campanaro tied an Atlantic Coast Conference record with 16 receptions for 123 yards and became only the eighth player in school history to catch three TD passes in a game. Price was outstanding, completing 39-of-57 passes for 293 yards. Rettig threw for 357 yards for Boston College but turned the ball over four times, three of those on interceptions.