Boston College vs East Carolina: Military Bowl Prediction, Game Preview

Boston College vs East Carolina: Military Bowl prediction, game preview, how to watch: Monday, December 27

Boston College vs East Carolina: Military Bowl How To Watch

Date: Monday, December 27
Game Time: 2:30 pm ET
Venue: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD
How To Watch: ESPN, Live stream on ESPN+
Records: Boston College (6-6), East Carolina (7-5)

Boston College vs East Carolina Military Bowl Preview

Boston College already got a big win when QB Phil Jurkovec announced he’s coming back next year. Now the team needs a win to generate a little momentum going into the offseason.

It’s an interesting team coming off a strange year. The defense was amazing at keeping the better passing games in check – the Eagles finished fourth in the nation in pass defense – but there were problems against the run.

And then there’s the offense.

The passing game sputtered when Jurkovec was injured, and just when it seemed like it was bouncing back, it finished the regular season with 19 yards in the loss to Wake Forest.

There was nothing consistent about the Eagles and the ACC’s least-productive offense, and now they’re dealing with a dangerous team that was relatively steady.

East Carolina was deep into the fight with Cincinnati, got a field goal blocked for a touchdown, and that was about it for the regular season. However, the defense was among the best in the nation on third downs, the offense was great at controlling the tempo, and the passing game will keep on pressing.

Can a Boston College offense that failed to score more than 17 points in six of its last eight games keep up the pace if East Carolina gets up early?

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This is a strong, veteran team that isn’t going to be fazed in any way by playing a Power Five team.

The defense gave up a slew of points, but it was great at taking the ball away and found way to get off the field in a hurry. It’s a team that’s solid at controlling the clock and the tempo of most games, but in this it might be all about getting up fast.

It’s not like Boston College can’t open it up at times and score, but this isn’t a high-powered offense. It’s more into trying to win close, low-scoring games, but it mostly struggled to get anything going offensively and had to play in defensive fights.

The Eagles don’t generate enough big plays in the backfield, however …

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The Boston College secondary is great even with the lack of a steady pass rush from the front.

It gave up a 300-yard day to Missouri’s Connor Bazelak, but that was it. No one else got about 255, and that includes Wake Forest, NC State, Clemson, and everyone else on the slate.

East Carolina wants to work with a good balance, but even if and when the offense moves there will be mistakes. The Pirates are almost always good for two turnovers a game – they did that gave up two in six games and three in there others – and Boston College is 5-1 when it comes up with multiple takeaways.

Yeah, Boston College doesn’t do enough offensively, and yeah, the defense could be better, but the East Carolina offensive line is too leaky and the defensive front isn’t strong enough agains the run.

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Boston College vs East Carolina: Military Bowl, What’s Going To Happen

It’s going to be a good-energy game with East Carolina fans showing up and Boston College not taking this lightly. The Eagle pass defense will hold up just enough to give Jurkovec and the offense a few easy scoring chances.

And then there’s the snobbish side of things.

East Carolina battled well with South Carolina. It pushed UCF. It was good against Houston, and it fought well against Cincinnati and Appalachian State.

East Carolina lost all five games.

It’ll get up early and play well, but Boston College will slowly push through to a win in a fun game.

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Boston College 27, East Carolina 23
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ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
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Military Bowl History

2020 Canceled
Dec. 27, 2019 North Carolina 55, Temple 13
Dec. 31, 2018 Cincinnati 35, Virginia Tech 31
Dec. 28, 2017 Navy 49, Virginia 7
Dec. 27, 2016 Wake Forest 34, Temple 26
Dec. 28, 2015 Navy 44, Pittsburgh 28
Dec. 27, 2014 Virginia Tech 33, Cincinnati 17
Dec. 27, 2013 Marshall 31, Maryland 20
Dec. 27, 2012 San Jose State 29, Bowling Green 20
Dec. 28, 2011 Toledo 42, Air Force 41
Dec. 29, 2010 Maryland 51, East Carolina 20
Dec. 29, 2009 UCLA 30, Temple 21
Dec. 20, 2008 Wake Forest 29, Navy 19

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