Site Predictions

Our weekly staff and moderator picks for Saturday's contest.

Tim O'Malley – Managing Editor

I'm well aware of BC's penchant for ruining both seasons (1993, 2002) and Senior Days ('93, '99) in South Bend. And I'm still bitter about that '93 upset during my junior year in college…all BC did was weaken a nation that day. I plan to avoid the pre-game broadcast in the press box at all costs, thus avoiding a 100th viewing of the worst kick in college football history -- I suggest each of you at home do the same.

Notre Dame has taken two straight from the former overachievers from Chestnut Hill – prior to that, BC had somehow won six straight vs. ND coaches Davie, Willingham, and Weis (though Weis ended the run in 2009). But those Eagles had punch, whereas this group will get punched in the mouth, early and often, and aside from the nation's most productive player (at any position) in Luke Kuechly, Boston College 2011 has very little ability to punch back.

Notre Dame wins easily, but gives up a requisite late touchdown with the backup defense on the field, one that will include plenty of seniors in their final appearance.
Notre Dame 41 BC 13

Brian Dohn – recruiting reporter

Boston College is on its last legs and hasn't been the same program since the move to the ACC. A coaching change could be coming after the season, and there is little reason to think the Eagles will put up much of a fight. But the thing I keep thinking about is what Notre Dame would be playing for if it didn't have the turnovers against South Florida and didn't blow the game against Michigan.
Notre Dame 34, Boston College 17

Dave Berk – recruiting analyst

While it was fun watching Luke Kuechly play during his prep career at Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier high school, I do not want to see him go off against the Irish. Boston College enters the game with a 3-7 record with wins over Massachusetts, Maryland, and NC State. However, Notre Dame enters on a hot streak for this senior day battle. Look for the Irish to get off to a fast start and win 38-10.

Christian Zavisca – Staff Writer

Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly can play.

The Eagles squeaked out a win vs. N.C. State last time out, but this year Boston College scares no one. This may be Shamrock Series Part II, although BC did beat Maryland.

Coach Frank Spaziani, a likeable sort, brings his team into a mismatch. We'll see if the seniors' final outing at Notre Dame Stadium brings with it a highly charged start. Even if not, it's hard to envision this Boston College team hanging around for four quarters. Notre Dame 31 Boston College 14

Morrissey79 (Moderator)

ND is simply the far superior team.

This is one of the worst BC teams you'll see enter ND stadium. They have a tremendous player in Luke Kuechly, but after that, this team is just flat out poor.

On senior day, you expect the ND players to go out in style, and head to Palo Alto 8-3. Kids like H. Smith, M. Floyd, J. Gray, E. Johnson, R. Blanton, G. Gray, and D. Fleming will not take this game lightly, and I expect them to take care of business.
ND 45 BC 13

SeattleND (Moderator)

Boston College comes into Notre Dame Stadium Saturday with their share of questions, but the game itself should be all about Notre Dame.

If the Irish continue to refine their newly found high speed attack on offense and continue their efforts on defense this game should not be close, and it shouldn't take long for that to manifest.

Meanwhile, ND will be the best defense Boston College has seen all year and against the second best, Florida State on November 3, they had enormous trouble even generating first downs, eventually losing 38-7. Chase Rettig is exactly the kind of QB ND is built to destroy, not particularly mobile and not particularly accurate.

I would not be surprised to see season best performances for both the offense and defense for ND in this game, although turnovers could certainly make this one closer than I expect.
Notre Dame 56 Boston College 10

GaviND (Moderator)

In college football every team has their rivals. But beyond the rivals, there are also teams you just hate.

At the top of that list, for me, is Boston College.

Inarguably, USC and Michigan have greater meaning to the program and there are no teams our fan base wants to beat more.

But I want to thoroughly DESTROY Boston College...and I am certain we will.

A once proud program that battled everyone, seemed to make a bowl appearance every year and had players making the NFL on the back of solid coaching has been replaced by a group that rolls over at the drop of a hat and lacks a leader who can get the kids to play.

Beyond All-World linebacker Luke Kuechly, there is nothing on the BC roster that should instill fear in the Irish faithful -- especially since running back Montell Harris is on the shelf for the rest of the year.

Notre Dame will win this game -- and win BIG -- the only question is how?

Kuechly is not good enough to shut the Irish running game down on his own, but he is good enough to make the day a challenge for Jonas Gray and Cierre Wood -- both of whom have their eyes locked on the 1,000 yard mark.

Success can be expected through the air without question. Mike Floyd and Tyler Eifert should continue to put up excellent numbers and hopefully their efforts will again be complimented by junior slot receiver Robby Toma.

For the first time in far too long, Notre Dame will again take BC to the woodshed.
ND 52 BC 13

BNolan (Moderator)

The depth of the historical rivalry goes without saying. BC is obviously having a less than stellar season, but we can bet that they will cinch up their chinstraps to bang helmets with the Irish nonetheless. While the Irish have laid some eggs this season, BC has been a breakfast buffet.

Kuechly is going to be active, but hopefully our blockers can do their jobs and keep him tamed, or mostly so.

Despite injuries, ND should have plenty of horses to put this one away without much drama. Then again, perhaps I just jinxed us...

I expect to win in similar fashion to the last couple of games. The seemingly inevitable moments of profanity-inspiring-bumbling, but also enough fireworks to put up plenty enough points to seal a victory. Then again, BC has been a spoiler before, eh?
ND 38 BC 17

KurzND (Moderator)

So keep it simple, ND should run their offense just like last week vs. Maryland and the Irish will have no problems. Kuechly is a stud but he alone cannot take on the Irish. Irish win big with huge days by Floyd, Gray, and I expect Crist to get in on the action. Irish make it 3 in a row vs. the Eagles.
Notre Dame 45 Boston College 10 Top Stories