No. 4 Notre Dame (7-0) at Boston College (5-3)
The Fighting Irish lead the all-time series 16-9 as Notre Dame has won seven in a row dating back to October 2009. Boston College preceded this Irish streak by posting a 7-1 record from 1999-2008.
Notre Dame posted a 40-7 rout of the Eagles last season in South Bend as Irish quarterback Ian Book threw for 239 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 66 yards on 12 carries. Notre Dame led 16-7 at the half and broke the game open with 17 points in the third quarter.
Vs. The Spread
The Fighting Irish are only 3-4 ATS while the Eagles check-in at 5-3 and the total has gone under in nine of Notre Dame’s last 13 games vs. ACC competition. The total has also gone under in eight of the last nine BC-Notre Dame games and the Eagles are 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Notre Dame||-11.5 (-110)||-425||O 50 (-110)|
|Boston College||+11.5 (-110)||+345||U 50 (-110)|
The Fighting Irish won an epic 47-40 encounter over then-No. 1 Clemson in double overtime. Ultimately, Notre Dame was able to dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball as running back Kyren Williams rushed 23 times for 140 yards and scored three touchdowns, two in the overtimes. The defense stopped Clemson star Travis Etienne as he only totaled 28 yards on 18 carries while Clemson totaled only 34 rushing yards.
The Eagles struggled past Syracuse, 16-13, in the Carrier Dome. David Bailey rushed for 125 yards as BC controlled the clock and the line of scrimmage, but failed to put points on the boards with two missed field goals and four punts.
When Notre Dame Has the Ball
Running back Kyren Williams is the catalyst of the Notre Dame offense as he has topped 100 yards four times this season and is fourth in the ACC as he averaged 105.7 yards per game. Ian Book has eclipsed 300 passing yards in two of his last three games while rushing for 67 yards on 14 carries against Clemson.
First-year coach Jeff Hafley has had an immediate impact on the Eagles defense as they average 105 yards less per game this season – moving from 125th to 42nd. They give up 143 on the ground per game and will have to tighten the screws against Williams and company.
When Boston College Has the Ball
Eagles quarterback Philip Jurkovec was a Notre Dame signee and has made an immediate impact at BC in his sophomore season in completing 62.1 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He hasn’t thrown an interception in three games in winning two of three with a near-miss at Clemson.
David Bailey and the Eagles rushing attack faces a tough task against a Notre Dame front that allows only 85.1 yards rushing per game while the defense gives up only 14.6 points per game. The Irish will get after Jurokovec with a pass rush that has recorded 19 sacks so far; however, Notre Dame surprisingly has only four interceptions.
Winner: Notre Dame (-11.5) 31, Boston College 17
Over-Under: Take Under 50