Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Boston College Eagles Preview and Picks

Notre Dame Fighting Irish
(1-3, 1-3 ATS)

Boston College Eagles
(2-1, 0-3 ATS)


Boston College Eagles betting fans will hope on Saturday night that the ATS losing skid will stop at three games this year in Chestnut Hill, where they will take on the hated Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

The Golden Domers are clearly on the verge of disaster this year. HC Brian Kelly needs to find some answers and find them quickly, or he’ll be out of a job in just one year in South Bend. Unlike what we expected, the problem hasn’t been the passing game. QB Dayne Crist has come right into the lineup and done just as well, if not better than what QB Jimmy Clausen was doing for the Irish. He is completing 59.3 percent of his passes for 1,155 yards with eight scores against three picks on the year. The running game has worked well as well with RB Armando Allen accounting for 302 yards and a TD. We already know all about the trio of receivers with Michael Floyd, Kyle Rudolph, and Theo Riddick and how amazing all three of those young men are at their trade. The problems come from the defense. Somewhere, Lou Holtz is just shaking his head as the Fighting Irish allow an average of 433.8 yards per game, ranking them just 103rd in the land. The end result has been three miserable games, all of which have ended in defeat. Against Michigan, Michigan State, and Stanford, Notre Dame has allowed 28, 34, and 37 points respectively, and things are clearly getting worse before they’re getting better.

The Eagles have one heck of a rush defense right now, as they are only allowing 71.3 yards per game on the ground. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot else to be overly proud of. Two games against dippy opponents proved absolutely nothing, as BC got shutout 19-0 in its one legitimate test of the year against the Virginia Tech Hokies. A loss in this game might see the Eagles drop to 2-6 before they even know it, though a bowl game would still be reachable from there. This offense only has six TDs in three games, numbers that are absolutely unacceptable. RB Montel Harris has to get the ball more, which is bad news for a man that already has a whopping 75 touches in just three outings. However, he has 358 total yards of offense, more than double what any other man has. QB David Shinskie just isn’t that good, as demonstrated by his 54.2 completion percentage and his 4/4 TD/INT ratio.

We just have to hope that the Irish are really motivated in this game. We know that these two teams don’t like each other, and we tend to throw out the record books at this point. The Golden Domers should just be the better team and that should carry them to victory, right? We don’t have a lot of conviction with this play, but Notre Dame is out NCAA football betting selection.

Selection: Notre Dame Fighting Irish -3

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