AdvoCare V100 Bowl -Arizona Wildcats vs Boston College Eagles
Date and Time: Tuesday 12/31/13 at 12:30pm on ESPN
Game Line: Arizona -7 (from JustBet)
Tuesday’s AdvoCare V100 Bowl NCAA Football Analysis: A couple of All-American running backs figure to play prominent roles in deciding whether Boston College or Arizona bounce back from disappointing regular season finales. Andre Williams and the Eagles are playing for their first bowl victory in six years and Ka’Deem Carey and the Wildcats seek a second straight at the AdvoCare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana on New Year’s Eve. With the 16th 2,000 yard season in NCAA history, Williams ranks ninth all time for single season yardage with a nation-best 2,102 in 2013. He needs 84 yards against Arizona to move past Iowa State’s Troy Davis for fourth on that list. Williams has averaged 6.4 yards per carry and run for 17 touchdowns on the way to winning the prestigious Doak Walker Award as the countries top running back. Arizona’s Carey was a finalist for the award and ranks second behind Williams in just about every major statistical category for college running backs. He has rushed for more than 100 yards in 15 straight games, an Arizona and Pac-12 record. The Wildcats, who dropped three of their last four, try to finish on a high note by securing consecutive eight-win seasons for the first time since 2008-09. They’re going for a second straight bowl victory after scoring two touchdowns in the final 46 seconds in last season’s 49-48 win over Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl. The Eagles will have their hands full with Arizona duel threat quarterback BJ Denker who has 2,000 yards passing and 900 rushing this season. For Boston College, Chase Retting has connected on 61.6 percent of his attempts for 1,804 yards and seventeen touchdowns but is very limited at receiver with senior Alex Amidon catching the bulk of those throws. Boston College has had a superior rushing defense for much of the season and in a game that figures to be very run heavy on both sides that is going to be a major advantage. Arizona is giving too many points for a team that matches up with them very well on paper in just about every aspect.
Arizona vs Boston College NCAA Football Picks: Boston College +7 and under 56.5
Arizona vs Boston College Game Prediction: 24-21 Boston College
What to expect in the 2013 AdvoCare V100 Bowl: This will be a fun game to watch with two of the best running backs in the country squaring off in the same game. They will each get every opporunity to outduel one another and that will keep the clock moving and the game low scoring, staying under the total. Boston College has a superior rushing defense and bigger bodies in the middle of their defensive line. They should have an easiser time containing the Arizona offense and give themselves an opportunity to win this bowl game.