• Phil Houk

Boston College 101

Boston College is 5-5, they are the 7th, (and last) team that the Irish face that are coming off a bye week. in their last action they lost to Florida State at home 38-31. The only common opponent they have with the Irish is Louisville who they lost to in week 6, on the road, 41-39.

Steve Addazio is now in his 7th season leading the Eagles, and his team this year has been like a Tale of Two Cities: the best of times on offense, and the worst of times on defense.

BC is 12th nationally in total offense and most of the damage they have done is on the ground. There they have averaged 282 yards rushing per game. And the star is 6 foot, 250 pound junior running back AJ Dillion. Dillion is the grandson of former Notre Dame All-American and College Football Hall of Fame inductee Thom Gatewood. He has scored 13 touchdowns and and is third nationally with 1451 yards gained. Sophomore David Bailey is another big back at 6-1, 245. Bailey has rushed for 765 yards on the year and another 7 touchdowns.

At Quarterback, the Eagles are now led by 6-1, 220 Sophomore Dennis Grosel. Grosel took over in week 6 when starter Anthony Brown was lost to injury. He struggled throwing the ball in his first few appearances, but has been improving. In his last action against Florida State he hit on 20 of 29 good for 227 yards and 2 TDs. He has two top receivers, one is tight end Hunter Long with 21 catches good for 411 yards and the other is 6-1 junior Kobay White. White has 22 catches that have gone for 363 yards and 5 touchdowns. Hunter Long is not the only BC tight end that will catch passes for the Eagles, as the position is a focus of their passing game.

Defensively Boston College ranks 128th out of 130 teams in total defense and 98th in scoring defense, giving up 32 points and 486 yards per game. Junior Linebacker Max Richardson has been a tackle machine with 95 and leads the Eagles with 3 and half sacks and 14 1/2 tackles for loss. Overall though on the season BC has only totaled 11 sacks, compared to 24 total for the Irish.

BC looks to be particularly vulnerable against the pass they have allowed an average of 302 yards per game, that ranks 125th in the nation.

In the turnover categories, BC has protected the ball well only losing 4 fumbles and 5 interceptions. And on the other side of the ledger, BC has picked off 9 passes.

Senior placekicker Aaron Boumrhi is perfect on his extra points and is 8-13 on Field Goals. In his career his longest made is from 52 yards.

Notre Dame leads the all time series 15-9, and the last match-up was in 2017, a 49-20 ND win.

These numbers tell a story of a powerful but one dimensional offense and a defense that has struggled, especially against the pass. Look for the Irish to rely on their front 7 and a Clark Lea scheme to slow down the Eagle running game and for the Irish passing attack to have another big day.

Senior Day at Notre Dame stadium should be a happy one as the Irish are heavily favored to win their 18th straight at home.

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