It’s been another lackluster year for the Boston College Eagles football team. With a schedule primed for wins and many returning players, including star running back A.J. Dillon, the Eagles just couldn’t seem to get out of their own way. Now, with bowl eligibility on the line, the Eagles travel to South Bend, Indiana to take on a long time rival – the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Irish haven’t had the season they hoped for either. Although currently ranked number 16 in the country, the Irish came into the year as potential nation championship contenders. After dropping two games to Georgia and Michigan, it is safe to say that the Irish wont be playing in the College Football Playoff this year.
The Boston College and Notre Dame rivalry goes back to the 1975, when the Irish defeated BC 17-3 in their first ever meeting. The rivalry, known as the Holy War, has since become a must watch/must attend game for any supporter of either school. If you have ever attended a game in Chestnut Hill, you know that BC can get up for game day; but when the Irish come to town good luck getting a seat, let alone a spot to tailgate. The fact that both schools are exceptional educationally, combined with their foundations in faith, has helped fuel this rivalry as both universities hold themselves to a very high standard. Notre Dame leads the all-time series 14-9.
So, that being said, how can the Eagles pull off an upset in South Bend this Saturday? For starters, get after the quarterback. Notre Dame QB Ian Book has already been sacked twelve times this season, and thrown 6 picks, so apply some pressure on the QB and let him make his own mistakes. Second, run the ball with Dillon. A.J. Dillon has already totaled over 1,400 yards on the ground this season. Let the probable first-rounder hammer the ball against the Irish defense, which has already allowed over 1,600 to opposing running backs. Finally, control the tempo of the game from the opening kick. If Boston College wants to win this game, they need to get out in front early. A score or a stop on the first possession of the game can be the deciding factor in what will hopefully be a tight, well-contested game.
With Notre Dame entering the game as nineteen point favorites, it doesn’t seem like BC stands much of a chance. However, with this being their biggest game of the year, don’t be surprised to see the Eagles make some noise.
Prediction: Notre Dame 26- BC 17. The game will be televised on NBC at 2:30pm Saturday afternoon.
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