Top Play Analysis: Boston College @ Notre Dame (-19)

As a Virginia Tech Hokie fan, I tend to follow the teams they play a tad bit closer than the rest of college football. So the ACC is a conference I know well. While the Hokies lost to both these teams earlier in the year, it was the Boston College game that really left a sour taste in the mouths of Hokie Nation. Things have changed quite a bit for Boston College since that victory on opening night, with the most obvious change being the QB. Junior returning starting QB, Anthony Brown, has been our for a few weeks now and he played pretty well in the victory over VT. Though not elite, Brown was a quality QB that had defenses a bit hesitant to just crowd the box with 8 or 9 guys every play to try and stop their potent rushing attack lead by AJ Dillon. With Brown out, it really comes down to one question; Can BC score any points against this Irish defense? The Boston College defense is horrendous, so I don’t expect Notre Dame to have any trouble putting up 45 or more points in their sleep, but if BC can have any kind of success controlling the clock with their big running backs? That’s about the only avenue I see for BC keeping this one remotely respectable. Otherwise, Steve Addazio and staff may be closer and closer to the end of their time at Boston College. I don’t think his desperation to keep his job will outweigh the talent and coaching disparity in this one. Addazio is coming off a bye week, but Notre Dame won in blow out fashion vs Navy this past weekend, so I think they’ll be adequately rested going into this one and don’t see it as much of an advantage for BC. BC being mediocre doesn’t mean I think ND is all-world, however. I think ND QB Ian Book has looked unremarkable this season, ESPECIALLY against VT, when he threw one of the all-time worst interceptions I have ever seen at any level (Dax Hollifield INT in the 1st Quarter). But this isn’t about how Notre Dame may potentially be slightly overrated, it’s about how mediocre Boston College is at this juncture. With it being senior day for the Irish as well, I think there might be a little extra motivation for this game, and I don’t see BC backup QB Dennis Grosel keeping the Irish defense honest enough with the passing game for them to get AJ Dillon going. I like the Irish in this one by 21+ points.

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