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How and what to watch for No. 2 Notre Dame vs. Boston College

Coming off the biggest regular-season victory of the Brian Kelly era, the undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish head on the road to take on the 5-3 Boston College Eagles on Saturday.

Quarterback Ian Book of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish throws in the first quarter against the Clemson Tigers at Notre Dame Stadium on November 7, 2020 in South Bend, Indiana. Photo by Matt Cashore-Pool/Getty Images

Coming off the biggest regular-season victory of the Brian Kelly era, the undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish head on the road to take on the 5-3 Boston College Eagles on Saturday.

Last weekend, Notre Dame hosted the No. 1 ranked Clemson Tigers and came away with a 47-40 win in double overtime. Senior quarterback Ian Book delivered a memorable performance as both a passer and runner while running back Kyren Williams did much of the heavy lifting with a 140-yard, three-touchdown performance on the ground. The Irish’s combined efforts knocked off a Tigers squad that, while diminished by the absence of signal-caller Trevor Lawrence, still possesses one of the most talented and deep rosters in the country.

While that game sets Notre Dame up well for a spot in the College Football Playoff, Boston College has a history of pulling the upset under similar circumstances. Back in 1993, the Eagles faced off against the Irish one week after the latter’s 31-24 victory over the No. 1-ranked Florida State Seminoles. Boston College narrowly edged out a 41-39 victory, ruining an undefeated season as well as Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz’s shot at a third national title.

The 2020 iteration of Boston College has the firepower to potentially down Notre Dame again. Quarterback Phil Jurkovec has played steadily this season, completing over 62% of his passes for 2,083 yards, 15 touchdowns, and just four interceptions. Jurkovec has added another 96 yards and three touchdowns as a runner. His primary targets, wideouts Zay Flowers and tight end Hunter Long, have combined for 1,101 of those yards and nine touchdown receptions. Still Notre Dame offers the greatest challenge yet to that offense.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Notre Dame vs. Boston College on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC, or you can stream via their app or with a cable or streaming service login here.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Notre Dame (-11.5) vs. Boston College
Point Total: 50.5
Money line: Notre Dame -590, Boston College +410

  • Against the spread, Notre Dame has a 12-11-1 record as the road team and a 9-8-1 record as a road favorite since the start of the 2015 season.
  • Over the same period, the Fighting Irish have hit the over 13 times in 34 opportunities as a road team and done so 10 out of 18 times as a road favorite.
  • Since the start of 2015, Boston College has gone 16-18-2 against the spread at home and 8-7-1 as a home underdog.
  • Also over that span, the Eagles have hit the over 16 times in 36 opportunities at home and done so six out of 16 tries as the home underdog.

Betting splits

Notre Dame -11.5: (51% of handle, 47% percent of bets)
Boston College +11.5: (49% of handle, 53% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

Boston College has yet to beat a ranked team this season. However, outside of a 14-40 loss to Virginia Tech a month ago, the Eagles haven’t lost by more than six points all season.

Pick: Boston College +11.5

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