Five Questions: Boston College

Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish return home for Game 11 and Senior Day. Coming off a victory over Maryland, Notre Dame will entertain a struggling Boston College team for what should be a festive day. However, Stanford is waiting in the wings and the Cardinal enter our five questions/points of interest for this week's game as well.

On paper, Notre Dame should have a great Senior Day Saturday when Boston College visits South Bend.

Brian Kelly has the Irish machine churning but many fans worry that a bad game is just a fumble away.

While there will be several things to watch in this week's game, we've settled on five questions/points of interest for Irish fans to consider before Saturday afternoon's kick-off.

Question One: After last season's 14 tackle performance, can the Irish keep All-American candidate Luke Kuechly in check?

Kuechly enters Saturday's game against the Irish having already posted 168 total tackles. Included in this are 89 unassisted tackles and 10 tackles for loss. (Consider Notre Dame's top tackler is linebacker Manti Te'o who has posted a total of 91 tackles with 47 being unassisted.)

Question Two: Will the emotions of Senior Day result in a sluggish Irish performance in a where game they should blow away their opponent?

The Irish say goodbye to several seniors on Saturday afternoon and this can shift focus away from the game at hand, letting emotions get in the way. The Irish cannot allow Boston College any glimmer of hope early in the game.

Question Three: Will Notre Dame look to establish the run or pass against Boston College?

Take your pick as BC's defense is bad in both areas. This should be an offensive field day as Brian Kelly will be able to pick his poison against a team that gives up an average of 153 yard rushing per game, and 241 yards in the air.

Kelly should be able to give Michael Floyd and Jonas Gray senior sendoffs Irish fans would expect from two of this year's top offensive performers. Floyd should go over one thousand yards for the season and Gray could have a big enough day to start talk of the Irish having two thousand-yard rushers for the season.

Question Four: How many sacks will Boston College give up to the Irish?

On the year the Eagles have given up 21 sacks while the Irish defense has recorded 19. Calling Mr. Te'o and Mr. Lynch to the front of the class.

Question Five: Will Notre Dame look ahead to next week's game against Stanford?

Every head coach in the country says they never look ahead. However, how many times do teams come out against a weaker opponent with one of the top teams in the country following the next week and look flat? It cannot and should not happen this Saturday.


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