There is a familiar scent of history surrounding Saturday’s game between Notre Dame and Boston College. In 1993, Notre Dame had just beaten a No. 1-ranked team from the Atlantic Coast Conference in November of that college football season, the Florida State Seminoles. The next week, Notre Dame played Boston College. The Eagles were coached by Tom Coughlin, who went on to win two Super Bowls with the New York Giants. In this battle of Catholic schools, it was a Jewish man who decided the game. David Gordon, whose father owned the old Hartford Whalers of the NHL at the time, booted a game-winning field goal to send the Eagles into flights of ecstasy while stunning the disbelieving Irish and then-head coach Lou Holtz. The game denied Notre Dame a national title.
Here we are, 27 years later. Notre Dame has just beaten a No. 1 team from the ACC in November. This time the victim of the Fighting Irish was the Clemson Tigers. The Irish prevailed in double overtime in the most memorable game of the college football regular season, similar to the epic win over Florida State in 1993. Now they have to come back the next week and play Boston College.
Again, this all feels familiar. Will lightning strike twice with a Boston College upset, or will the Irish be ready for the Eagles this time? Let’s take a closer look at this online betting matchup.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Boston College Overview
The Fighting Irish got a great performance from quarterback Ian Book, who led a length-of-the-field drive in the final two minutes of regulation to force overtime against Clemson. Notre Dame was down 33-26, but Book led the Irish to a tying touchdown for a 33-33 deadlock. Book and Notre Dame then scored touchdowns on each of their two overtime possessions, while the Irish defense stopped Clemson in the second overtime, registering sacks on two consecutive plays to stop the Tigers’ 39-game regular-season winning streak. Questions about the Notre Dame passing game – which was not good in the early part of the season – have been answered.
Boston College quarterback Phil Jurkovec transferred from Notre Dame, so he will badly want to pull the upset here. Boston College nearly beat Clemson, losing 32-28, but Clemson didn’t have Trevor Lawrence in that game, and D.J. Uiagalelei was rushed into the starting spot with minimal advance time to prepare. Uiagalelei looked a lot more prepared against the Fighting Irish .
Jurkovec is nowhere near as talented as Uiagalelei, but he will have to find a way to play at a supremely high level to deliver the upset for first-year Boston College head coach Jeff Hafley, who was on Ohio State’s staff as an assistant coach last year.
These teams will play with passion, but only the Fighting Irish has an elite offensive and defensive line. The ability of the Fighting Irish in the trenches will carry them to an easier victory than a lot of the experts think.
Prediction: Notre Dame 34, Boston College 17