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Emerald Bowl: USC vs. Boston College

Last Years Pick: California -8, Loss

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USC has come a long way this season, and not in a good direction. They started off the year ranked high in the polls and had National Championship aspirations. That soon changed to BCS bowl aspirations after an upset loss to Washington. After a few more stunning blowouts especially in a loss to Stanford, the Trojans find themselves in the Emerald Bowl.  

For Boston College they had wins on the season and were 6-1 at home but they never really managed to get that signature win. In all of the high profile games that always seemed to come up short losing to Florida St and Notre Dame, two proud franchises that were very beatable. The road record was not great so getting the Emerald Bowl was a good pull for the Eagles and can now get some serious momentum for next year if they pull off the upset. 

The Trojans don’t want to be here. Pete Carroll will say all the right things and the Trojans are the better team but this game means nothing to them. Even if they blow out the Eagles they will not be able to get into the top of the BCS controversy. The Trojans are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite and 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Eagles on the other hand find themselves in a good spots for this game. They are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games as an underdog of 3.5-10.0, 7-3 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 bowl games as an underdog. This is too many points for the disappointing Trojans to try and cover.  

Emerald Bowl Pick: Boston College +9

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History and past results of the Emerald Bowl.

Emerald Bowl Results
Date
Won
Pts.
Lost
Pts.
12/31/02
Virginia Tech
20
Air Force
13
12/31/03
Boston College
35
Colorado State
21
12/30/04
Navy
34
New Mexico
19
12/29/05
Utah
38
Georgia Tech
10
12/27/06
Florida State
44
UCLA
27
12/28/07
Oregon State
21
Maryland
14
12/27/08
California +8
24
Miami
17
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