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Eagle Eye Betting: Week 2



Week 2 – Holy Cross at Boston College

Spread: Boston College -10.5 (-110) — Over/Under Points: 54 — Moneyline: BC (-110) HC (-110)

This Saturday, September 9, the Boston College Eagles square off against the Holy Cross Crusaders (HC). The last time the interstate matchup took place between Holy Cross and Boston College was in 2018. The Eagles won that game 62-14 led by three first quarter scores by AJ Dillon. The Eagles were then, and still should be, the better team, but Holy Cross is however much improved. Last week Boston College was upset in overtime and Holy Cross scored 28 unanswered points to complete their comeback. Betting Lines didn’t come out until this morning so I apologize for the delay in getting this out. 

Boston College Offense:

We have a quarterback controversy at Boston College, which makes it hard to bet on the Eagles. You just don’t know what you are going to get at the quarterback position after what we saw week one. Emmett Morehead started the game, but was quickly yanked for dual-threat quarterback Thomas Castellanos. Castellanos looked pretty good and was clearly the better quarterback in that game, but we really didn’t see much of Morehead. Pat Garwo and Alex Broome didn’t get much going on the ground behind the revamped offensive line. The wide receiving group lacked effort, hands and route running in week one. No one wideout stood out, but Lewis Bond did seem to connect well with Castellanos as they hooked up for a score late in the second half. The offense as a whole didn’t impress outside of Castellanos showing us he can ball.

Boston College Defense:

Last week the BC let up 27 points to seventh year quarterback Rocky Lombardi and the NIU Huskies. The run defense needs improvement as the Eagles let up 179 yards on the ground including three touchdowns. The Huskies did run it a whopping 48 times in their week 1 game, averaging 3.5 yards per carry. The Crusaders are a running team so the BC defense needs to step up in this regard. Vinny DePamla was crucial to the BC defense piling up 12 tackles in the game, nothing new here he is a beast. Neto Okpala was the stat star of the game racking up two tackles for a loss including a sack and a forced fumble. The Huskies passing offense threw 29 times completing 14 passes for 172 yards and 1 touchdown, an average performance at best. Overall the defense committed costly penalties and let up far too many points if they expect to win football games in the ACC. 

Holy Cross Offense:

The Crusaders mounted a comeback victory against their week one opponent Merrimack winning by a final score of 42-20. Holy Cross ran it 34 times for 242 yards and 4 touchdowns. Senior quarterback Matthew Sluka was responsible for 14 of those rushes gaining 105 yards on the ground. Sluka passed it 14 times completing 9 of throws that totaled 190 yards for two touchdowns and one interception. The offense was flawless operating behind Sluka outside the one turnover. Junior running Back Jordan Fuller was a scoring machine racking up five touchdowns on 13 carries for 120 yards and 1 catch for 14 yards. Boston College will have their hands full Saturday afternoon handling quarterback Matthew Sluka and running back Jordan Fuller. 

Holy Cross Defense:

Fifth year lineback Jacob Dobbs leads the Holy Cross defense that let up 20 points in week one. Dobbs led the team with 21 tackles and two quarterback hits. The Crusaders defense racked up three sacks and three pass breakups in week one. The defense was on the field most of the game as Merrickmack had the ball for 38 minutes compared to Holy Cross who controlled possession for 19 minutes. The defense for Holy Cross let up 203 yards on the ground and 176 yards through the air. The two touchdowns they let up were both on the ground. The Eagles should look to run the ball against the Crusaders and take advantage as Merimack did. 

Vegas Talk

Holy Cross is 6-2 against the spread (ATS)  in the last 8 games. Boston College is 4-11 ATS in the last 15 games. 

The over hit 3 of the past 5 games for Holy Cross. The over hit 4 of the last 5 games for Boston College. 

My prediction is 28-24 Boston College Wins. If Boston College loses this game it will be their first ever loss to a FCS opponent. I don’t think we will see that here, but the Eagles have given me every reason to not trust them. 

Pete’s Picks

  • Holy Cross +10.5
  • Over 54
  • Boston College Moneyline

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Boston College lineman Kyle Hergel selected 3rd overall in CFL draft



The former Eagles guard was not selected in last week’s NFL draft, but quickly heard his name yesterday in the 2024 CFL draft, going 3rd overall to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Hergel, who spent one year at Boston College after transferring from Texas State. The guard was a huge success in helping transform the offensive line play in 2023, gaining the best PFF pass block grade at Boston College (86.6) with no sacks allowed and two quarterback hits on 402 dropbacks. This was good enough to earn All-ACC honorable mention and a trip to the East-West shrine game.

Recently signing with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent following the 2024 NFL draft, Hergel will seemingly look to catch on in the NFL this summer before trekking north of the boarder to play for the Roughriders.

John Pupel gets Patriots rookie camp invite

The former safety will travel to nearby Foxboro, Ma as an invite to Patriots rookie camp. After beginning his college career at Dartmouth, Pupel joined the Eagles in 2022. Starting 11 games last year with 81 tackles, a pack break up and a forced fumble.

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Boston College’s Elijah Jones and Christian Mahogany drafted, others signed: Eagles Draft Weekend Recap



It was a rather successful weekend for Boston College in the NFL Draft, as both Elijah Jones and Christian Mahogany were taken while guard Kyle Hergel inked a UDFA deal. In addition, longtime and former BC notables Jaelen Gill and Josh DeBerry have received UDFA deals.

Jones – The first Eagle off the board this year, Jones went 90th overall in the third round to the Arizona Cardinals. He missed the final three games of the season for undisclosed reasons but had a big year that shot up his draft stock with a conference-best five interceptions while also defending 13 passes. As a member of the 2018 recruiting class, the corner tallied 60 games at BC and racked up a First-team All-ACC selection this past year.

Jones’ 86.9 defensive PFF grade was the sixth-best in the draft class out of corners and he was the 11th cornerback off the board for the Eagles.

Mahogany – Mahogany sat out of the bowl game and had some noticeable buzz surrounding his name entering the draft, but the guard fell to the sixth round to the Detroit Lions. Mahogany missed most of the 2022 season after an ACL injury but came back fully healthy for 2023, posting the 16th-best total PFF grade out of guards in the draft class.

Mahogany fell further than many, with many projections putting him as a Day 2 pick, but given he’s 24 and his scouting reports present some clear downside, it’s not all that shocking that he fell all the way to the sixth round.

Hergel – Hergel didn’t exactly have any buzz surrounding his name but he managed to grab a UDFA deal with the Saints. He was a four-year starter between North Dakota and Texas State before he was a fifth-year transfer to BC, and he put up a solid enough season to get signed.

DeBerry – DeBerry signed on with the Cowboys, as he transferred to Texas A&M for his fifth year after four seasons with the Eagles. He was a big loss for BC’s secondary, as he started seven games this year for the Aggies and grabbed two interceptions.

Gill – Gill put up huge numbers for Fresno State this past year after three seasons with BC. After an initial start to his career at Ohio State, he transferred to the Eagles ahead of the 2020 season and through three years he put up 1,092 yards. He put up basically half of that in just one year with the Bulldogs, tallying 516 yards on 49 catches and six touchdowns.

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DiMauro: The buzzkillers who run Boston College



My favorite English professor at Boston College, the late, great Dr. John J. Fitzgerald, loved the writings of Alexander Pope, poet and satirist during the Enlightenment Era. I shall now take pleasure in taking what I learned in class at BC to deliver an overdue lecture to university leadership, badly in need of its own Enlightenment Era.

What transpired this past Saturday, during an otherwise anticipated and eventful day on campus, illustrated BC leadership’s dizzying levels of obtuseness. Instead of celebrating the spring football game (with actual buzz because of new coach Bill O’Brien), baseball game against a nationally ranked opponent, national championship hockey game and the ALC Showdown, celebrating BC’s 17 different dance teams, BC students were issued a missive:

“Good evening Mod residents,” wrote Mike Sanzio, Interim Resident Director of the Mods, “as you saw earlier today from the Dean of Students Office, our men’s ice hockey team will be competing in the national championship game Saturday night. 

“This will be a busy weekend, filled with events such as the ALC showdown and spring football game. This is an exciting time for your community and I wanted to remind you of Mod-specific policies so we can appropriately celebrate these occasions. No outside gatherings are permitted in the Mods. Alcohol is not permitted outside your Mod.”

Some attendees of the spring game saw several “alcohol compliance supervisor” jackets from the commandos hired to patrol the parking lots. 

Sanzio got thrown down a flight of stairs by BC loyalists on X (formerly known as Twitter). I’m guessing Sanzio was just doing his job, carrying out orders from above. You’ve heard the “towers on the Heights reach the Heav’ns own blue?” This was from the ivory towers on the Heights. 

BC’s buzzkill rules and regulations hearken a line once written by Raymond Chandler: “The tragedy of life is not that things die. The tragedy is that they grow old and mean.” That’s the tenor of BC right now: old and mean. 

Can someone explain why Mods dwellers – most of whom are 21, by the way – were issued something so puritanical on what should have been a fun day? Do the people who run BC understand the power of sports on campus? This just in: Kids derive strength and appreciation for their school through campus events designed to cultivate pride and senses of “we” and “us.” It’s more important than ever today in a society too busy texting to notice anything or anyone else.

The Mods are a campus institution. The last time ESPN’s College GameDay was on campus, Lee Corso uttered the now classic, “party in the Modes!” line, mistaking “Mods” for “Modes.” It’s unlikely he came with that on his own. Somebody probably whispered in his ear at some point that the Mods are central to the BC student experience.

And then we get “no outside gatherings” and “alcohol compliance supervisors.” Overkill, anyone? If a kid gets caught hiding a Heineken, what’s the penalty these days? Firing squad at dawn?

And to think that O’Brien spent ample time last week trying to fire up the students to attend the spring game. Then the administration betrays him by issuing antisocial missives during what should be the most social day of the year on campus.

Is there a good reason – Puritanism aside – that tailgating isn’t allowed for the spring game? Someone tell the BC administration that Ohio State drew 80,000 for its spring game. Imagine passing the edict out there that Buckeye fans couldn’t tailgate?

I get that the missions of BC and Ohio State aren’t the same. But then, they are both in power conferences. It’s just that only one acts that way.

The worst thing that happened Saturday at BC was not that the hockey team lost. The worst thing was O’Brien learning what life is really like at The University of Austerity: A spring game with buzz. A national championship game at night. And an administration petrified of its own success.

Mike DiMauro, a columnist in Connecticut, is a contributor to Eagles Daily and a member of BC’s Class of 1990. He may be reached at or @BCgenius on X.

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