The Fighting Irish did it. They showed up in a big game, which they have not done all that frequently in recent years, and knocked off No. 1 Clemson, who had its 36-game regular-season winning streak snapped.
It was, of course, a celebratory scene on the field after a big win where social distancing was the furthest thing from anyone’s mind. Notre Dame now sits at No. 2 in the polls and controls its own destiny in the ACC.
Notre Dame shut down the Clemson running attack to the tune of just 34 yards, which doesn’t necessarily bode well for a Boston College rushing attack that ranks 110th out of 123 FBS teams and averages just 106.6 ypg on the ground.
However, the Irish defense did allow 439 yards through the air last week and will be facing a familiar foe leading the opposing passing attack this weekend, as Boston College’s Phil Jurkovec leads the ACC in passing yards.
Jurkovec started his college career at Notre Dame in 2018, but Ian Book won the job. Jurkovec called Notre Dame his “dream school” growing up and even contemplated changing positions before electing to transfer. While he doesn’t seem to carry any bitterness or ill will, Jurkovec clearly wants to one-up his former team.
Last weekend, Boston College clearly went to a more conservative game plan and was in a tough spot off the near-miss at Clemson. The Eagles failed to cover as two-touchdown favorites and only won 16-13 on the road against a Syracuse team that is arguably the ACC’s worst. Boston College clearly was looking ahead to this matchup.
Notre Dame shouldn’t apologize for last week’s massive victory, but it did accomplish it without having to face Trevor Lawrence and a Tigers defense without three key defensive starters.
Boston College is on an 8-1-1 ATS run as home underdogs and this is its annual “Red Bandana” game to honor the life of former BC lacrosse athlete Welles Crowther, who is remembered as the man wearing a red bandana over his face as he helped save as many as 18 people from the World Trade Center South Tower on 9/11 before losing his life.
Without question, this is BC’s Game of the Year and the Eagles will be highly motivated to take on a rival coming off an absolute high.
The play: Boston College, +13.5.