Cincinnati and Boston College are betting on the Birmingham Bowl

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Birmingham Bowl: No. 23 Cincinnati (10-3) v Boston College (6-6) in Birmingham, Alabama, Thursday at 3 p.m. EST (ESPN).

Line: Cincinnati from 7-1 / 2.

Series record: Boston College leads 4-3.

WHAT’S ON THE WAY: Cincinnati aims to finish in the top 25 and have a second straight season with 11 wins. Boston College aims to secure a record and its first bowl win since 2016 while being led by interim coach Rich Gunnell.

KEY MATCHUP

Cincinnati and the AAC’s best defense against an offensive averaging 451 yards and 30.9 points per game. The Bearcats allow an average of 21.7 points.

PLAYERS TO SEE

Cincinnati: QB Desmond Ridder poses a double threat. He has stood for 2,069 yards and 17 touchdowns against nine interceptions. He also ran for 570 yards and two points.

Boston College: RB David Bailey replaces AJ Dillon, Boston College’s lead rusher, who is skipping the bowl game in preparation for the NFL draft. The 240-pound Bailey ran 181 yards against North Carolina State and 172 against Syracuse, rushing for a couple of touchdowns in each game.

FACTS

It is the first time since 2009 that the Bearcats were rated in the final poll of the regular season. … Cincinnati has two transfers eligible to play after the NCAA’s year-long residency: offensive lineman James Hudson (Michigan) and security officer Bryan Cook (Howard). … Boston College’s last bowl win was 36-30 against Maryland in the 2016 Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit. The First Responder Bowl in Dallas last year was canceled due to the weather in the first quarter. … The Eagles fired Steve Addazio after seven seasons on December 1st.

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