There should be plenty of Boston College Eagles fans in attendance at the 2017 Pinstripe Bowl. The travel from Boston down to the Bronx is relatively easy, and that should make this one of the hardest tickets to obtain in the bowl season.
The Iowa Hawkeyes travel well, too, and they should be well-represented at the end of a great campaign.
Boston College Bowl History
In the early-2000s, Boston College was one of the best teams to pick every single bowl season. The Eagles rarely played in notable bowls, but they won eight straight from 2000 through 2007 before losing in the 2008 Music City Bowl.
Little did we know at the time that BC wouldn’t win another postseason game again until 2016 when the Eagles won the Quick Lane Bowl over Maryland.
Now, Steve Addazio is hoping to snare his eighth win of the season. If he’s successful, it’ll be the first time since 2009 the Eagles have won as many games.
Iowa Bowl History
It’s hard to believe that the Hawkeyes haven’t won a bowl game since 2010. They’re 0-for-5 since then, including losing in each of the last four seasons.
Iowa hasn’t been able to escape the really big boys over the course of the last several years, though. There’s a big difference between playing against a middling ACC team like Boston College and major foes it faced in the Outback Bowl last year, the Rose Bowl in 2015, as well as the TaxSlayer Bowl and Outback Bowl before that.
This is easily the worst bowl assignment Iowa has had in a long time, but no one will be ashamed of its 7-5 season, especially after beating Ohio State at Kinnick Stadium to essentially end the Buckeyes’ chances at getting into the College Football Playoff.
Why Boston College Will Win the Pinstripe Bowl
The Eagles completely embrace who they are. They run the ball, and they play good defense.
This is a team that averages 224.2 rushing yards per game and has a true stud in the backfield in A.J. Dillon. He ended up as the team’s primary runner this season. Jon Hillman struggled, but he and Dillon could find themselves in for a ton of work in this game. They combined for 431 carries and 2,054 yards this season.
Why Iowa Will Win the Pinstripe Bowl
Boston College’s weakness was against the run in 2017. The team allowed 198.6 yards per game on the ground, though it should be noted that mobile quarterbacks did plenty of damage against the Eagles.
Still, that’s all good news for Akrum Wadley. Playing in his final game as a Hawkeye, Wadley should be in line for at least 20 touches. He finished the year with 159 yards on 19 carries with three touchdowns against Nebraska, but his showcase game was when he rumbled for 118 yards on just 20 carries against Ohio State.
Iowa had some bad games defensively, but the only teams to score more than 24 against it this year were Wisconsin and Iowa State.
Pinstripe Bowl Prediction
This is one of the tougher games to handicap in the bowl season. Both of these teams played against underappreciated schedules this season and should be thrilled to have gotten to seven wins. They’re both going to ask their quarterbacks to do as little as possible and will count on their defenses to keep this game close.
The Hawkeyes have a lot more experience in these really close games, and that could give them the edge in the final few minutes. We wouldn’t be willing to give more than a few points either way in this game since we expect this one to come right down to the wire.
In the end, we have just a bit more confidence in Nathan Stanley than we do in any of the Boston College quarterbacks.
Pinstripe Bowl Pick: Iowa 24, Boston College 20
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