- Tim O'Malley (Co-Publisher): BC 23 ND 22 as explained here
- Jeff Baumhower (Co-Publisher): Like last week, Notre Dame needs this game more than its opponent. Boston College owns a 7-3 edge over the past 10 contests, as well as a 3-2 edge in the last five played at Chestnut Hill. Boston College will be trying to jumpstart their offense by giving freshman quarterback Chase Rettig the start. If he struggles early, it will be interesting to see how long Eagles head coach Frank Spaziani sticks with the youngster. Defensively, Boston College isn't spectacular, but is very solid. I expect the Eagles to play its usual hardnosed game against the Irish.
Notre Dame has been a mixed bag through four games. The offense looked solid in the first three contests with Dayne Crist in the game, and then the offense struggled last week at home against Stanford. Defensively, the Irish have been improving from game to game, and probably had their best effort last weekend against Stanford. The question is whether the Irish will be able to put everything together against Boston College. While I'd like to will the Irish to a win on Saturday, I just haven't seen much over the last three games that make me believe that they are ready to take the next step against a feisty opponent.
Boston College 22 Notre Dame 18
- Dave Berk (IrishEyes Staff/Scout.com): The Irish need a win and Boston College is the perfect team to face to get that win. The Eagles beat their two easy opponents and were shutout against Virginia Tech. With the way Virginia Tech has played this season just how good can BC be? Irish fans will see a team energized and hungry for a victory. Boston College will struggle with their new starting quarterback and Dayne Crist will find a grove. Notre Dame wins 28-10
- Morrissey79 (Moderator): This is make or break for the Irish team - it certainly is gut check time, no matter how cliche that term is. We really will know the character of this team after Saturday nights game - are they the type that is going to quit, specifically the upperclassmen who won't be here for the foundation that is currently being built? Or is this team filled with players full of pride and tenacity that is ready to win now?
I personally feel like the majority of players have honestly bought into Kelly and the staff, and are just one good break away from turning the corner. That break comes Saturday night as we go to Chestnut Hill and play a very sound football game after our worst year to date.
Dayne improves, we run the ball efficiently, some big plays in the passing game from Riddick and Floyd, Teo is a beast as usual, we get a couple sacks finally, and cause two turnovers by the freshman QB on our way to a victory.
ND 27 BC 13
- SeattleND (Moderator):
This is the actual turning point for the season, not the Stanford game. Win in Boston and the rest of the year sets up really pretty well. BC would seem to play right into our strengths, with Irish-killer Rich Gunnell gone, they mainly depend on Montel Harris to run the ball and they will be starting a new QB after benching David Shinskie, but whoever he is he is no Denard Robinson and he is no Andrew Luck.
They have one good defensive end and two very good linebackers, but we've all seen how much that can get you. I look for a healthy and angry ND to come out with a chip on their shoulders this game and to really take it to the Eagles this Saturday on both sides of the ball.
ND 38 Boston College 10
- Weisass (Moderator):
I hate USC and Michigan but I respect them. After a post was made and quickly deleted and the poster was banned, Boston College has moved to my most hated and non respected team. If you read the topic you will understand. It was the most tasteless thread I have ever read. With that being said in some way I wish the team would have read the post. If they did I'd make a prediction of ND 86 BC 0. Assuming they didn't read it I will say ND 35 BC 7
- GaviND (Moderator): Boston College has given us fits for the last seventeen years. Ever since David %^&$* Gordon kicked the game winning field goal that derailed Notre Dame's most recent bid for a national title, the Eagles have gotten the better of the Irish more times than any of us would care to remember. The challenge has been even more daunting in Chestnut Hill where the Irish have not won since 1998 when Deke Cooper stuffed Michael Cloud on the last play of the game to preserve the 31-26 win.
BC will be playing in front of a packed house for what many Boston fans are calling "Sapziani's Super Bowl," and they will be coming to play a very physical brand of football. Defensively, BC's front seven is very solid and extremely well coached but if the Irish offensive line can find a way to contain Luke Kuechly, Alex Albright and a Mark Herzlich (who is quickly shaking off the rust), the door should be open for Dayne Crist and the offense to throw the ball early and often.
Offensively, BC is a one trick pony; but that pony, Montel Harris, is a very good player. Harris will be running behind a very solid offensive line anchored by Anthony Castonzo and he has the ability to take the ball to the house every time he touches the ball. Under center, BC will either be featuring a quarterback with zero experience or one who has played only a dozen snaps. I expect us to stack the box, shut down the run and force either true freshman Chase Rettig or Sophomore Mike Marscovetra to win the game...something neither of them are ready to do.
Notre Dame 31 Boston College 10
- BNolan (Moderator): Thus far my 'predictions' have been for naught. After last week, I'm very hesitant to do what I've done in prior weeks – predict victories based on a little evidence of tangible fundamental program improvement combined with a shot of basic hope and optimism. Now the live-in-Missouri-show-me part of me is reluctant to predict an ND victory until BK and his staff and his program displays to me the ability to play up to potential, the ability to win.
But... the stakes are high this week. I don't think BC is as good as UM/MSU, both of whom we coulda/shoulda defeated. So... my last ND pre-game prediction mulligan... with some trepidation I'll say ND 20 BC 17
- KurzND (Moderator): Boston College always plays ND hard and this is always a battle. This is the week ND gets back on track. With little experience starting at QB, ND will make sure Harris won't be flying high against ND. The ND offense takes a step forward after last weeks complete shutdown. ND gets back into it and wins on the road against not a great BC team.
Notre Dame 31 Boston College 17
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