After being humiliated last week against Stanford, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on rival Boston College. Boston College has won the previous five games against the Irish.
Notre Dame needs a win badly. It's been three straight losses, and with every loss, the situation looks more and more ugly for Brian Kelly and his team. Moral seems to be down. The toughness and aggressiveness just isn't there, but this week the Irish play a team they can beat.
Boston College's offense is below average. Quarterback Dave Shinskii
has thrown four touchdowns and four interceptions. Stopping the passing game shouldn't be a problem for the Irish, but, once again, it comes down to stopping the running game.
In the Irish's three losses they have been battered and beaten by the opponents' running game. It's of utter importance that they hold both Montel Harris and Josh Haden to modest games. It's not a huge challenge, but it can't be taken lightly. It's crucial if the Irish want to end this three game skid.
Though Boston College brings a lackluster offense, their defense is ranked 10th overall in yards allowed per game.
The Irish offense has been good, but it's clear that they're far from spectacular. Dayne Crist is throwing for over 300 yards a game, and his interception rate isn't over the top, but it's coming down to a few plays. Not just normal plays, but big plays. When it comes to them, Crist and the offense aren't making those big plays.
It's becoming very clear that it'll take a few years for this Irish team to return to its "glory" days, but they seem to be on the right track. They just have a few cracks. But as those cracks become more visiblel they become a problem, and fixing those cracks has to be the top priority for Brian Kelly in his years as head coach in South Bend.
It's been three long games, and the Irish might not much confidence, but they do not want to lose again,and that's just as good.
I am predicting Notre Dame to beat Boston College 27-17