In a position to try to woo some No. 1 votes that will be vacated by Alabama due to its upset loss on Saturday, Notre Dame looked completely unspectacular with a matter-of-fact 21-6 win over Boston College.
It was a convincing win, and it had to be a relief for Irish coach Brian Kelly that his team didn't need any comebacks or late-game heroics to stay undefeated this week, but 2-8 Boston College is terrible.
This game never really felt in doubt. The Irish scored when Everett Golson plunged in from two yards out to cap a 13-play drive on Notre Dame's first possession, and at that moment this one appeared headed toward a blowout. Boston College's offense looked overwhelmed by the outstanding Irish defense on its first drive.
The blowout never came, as the Irish's offense was slightly off all day. They wound up with 393 total yards of offense, but lacked explosion and the ability to punch the ball in the end zone.
However, Notre Dame's defense was stellar. Boston College had some success moving the ball; they ended up with 305 yards of offense, but the Notre Dame defense came up big when it needed to.
While this win was not as convincing as I'm sure many Irish supporters hoped, it was a win, and Notre Dame remains undefeated and right in the thick of the national championship picture. Being undefeated this late in the season is always something to be proud of.
This was only the eighth time in the storied history of Notre Dame that it has won its first 10 games of the season.
CBS' Bruce Feldman pointed out an amazing stat during the game.
Notre Dame 9-9 on 3rd downs tonight. This BC team the worst one to ever appear in national primetime spot? #powerofND— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) November 11, 2012
He also drove home a fact of life with his second point.
Keith Arnold, who writes on Notre Dame for NBC, knows this team well.
Oh Notre Dame. Some teams just shouldn't be 20.5 point favorites.— Keith Arnold (@KeithArnoldNBC) November 11, 2012
Meanwhile, this tweeter knows that the Irish blew a golden opportunity to impress voters with a boatload of No. 1 votes now up for grabs.
It's about time for Notre Dame to stop 'effing around with BC. In current system style points are a plus, and the Irish might need 'em most.— Patrick Ball (@patrickBCH) November 11, 2012
The New York Giants' Henry Hynoski had a clear rooting favorite in this game despite the fact that he attended Pittsburgh. I'll let him explain his understandable reasoning.
I have no choice who to cheer for in this notre dame BC game because my roomate @markherzlich will destroy things if they lose...soooo go BC— Henry Hynoski (@HenryHynoski) November 11, 2012
Meanwhile, radio host Jay Binkley is off the mark with this tweet.
Mike Golic thinks if all 3 end up undefeated its Oregon and Notre Dame in title game....sorry but no— Jay Binkley/Garage (@3guysinagarage) November 11, 2012
Kansas State won't stand a chance if Notre Dame and Oregon go undefeated. The Irish are worth way too much money for them to be kept out. Somehow, some way, they will get in.