Three games are all that separates Notre Dame from a perfect regular season. It's hard not to believe this could actually happen because two of the three opponents should be easy victories, but upsets are a regular occurrence in college football.
Anything is possible, so it's paramount Notre Dame doesn't look forward like the rest of us. Here are three things Notre Dame must do to avoid Boston College's upset bid on Saturday night.
Slow Down QB Chase Rettig
Boston College has a potential future NFL quarterback under center in Chase Rettig. He has prototypical size (6'3", 213 pounds) and he has room to develop, as he is only a junior.
Rettig has recorded 16 touchdowns to eight interceptions in his junior season on a horrendous team. He leads an offense that is averaging 289.2 passing yards per game, a number that is 27th in the nation. He can deal when he is on his A-game, and Notre Dame's No. 1 priority is to not allow that to happen.
Disruptive, confusing, tactically sound, fundamentally sound. This is what Notre Dame needs to be on defense to slow down the gunslinger.
If Notre Dame plans on winning this game on the road, it starts with slowing down Rettig.
Use Offensive Speed
Notre Dame's offense has manifested into a quality unit over the past two weeks. Against Oklahoma, easily the best game the Fighting Irish have played this season, Notre Dame looked faster, stronger and more talented than the Sooners.
Against Pittsburgh, after struggling for the majority of the game, the Fighting Irish scored 14 fourth-quarter points to tie the game.
Boston College's defense is simply porous. The Eagles have allowed 34 or more points in five games this season en route to their 87th-ranked defense in points allowed (30.9 per game).
Everett Golson should have a fantastic day using his legs and his speedy weapons.
Will Notre Dame run the table?
Just Play Decently
The pressure is beginning to crank. The chances of a perfect season (prior to bowl play) are right in front of the Irish. Their schedule is weak up until USC at the end of the season, and the Trojans aren't as good as advertised, either.
All Notre Dame has to do on Saturday night is play decently enough to win. Boston College is 2-7 for a reason—they aren't good this year. They are awful.
But this game was circled on the schedule prior to the year. The fans will be there in full support to ruin the Fighting Irish's hopes of running the table. We should expect Boston College's best performance on Saturday night.
Still, though, Notre Dame just needs to play decently enough to win. That should be good enough to earn the victory.
Notre Dame 30, Boston College 13.