Saturday, November 14, 2020, Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 3:30 p.m. ET
Fighting Irish at Eagles Betting Preview: Fighting Irish (-13.5), Eagles (+13.5)
Fighting Irish Betting Preview
No. 2 Notre Dame (7-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) is looking to avoid a letdown when the Irish take on Boston College following their big win over then-No. 1 Clemson last week. A stumble would cost the Irish momentum in their drive to the College Football Playoff.
“We’ve got so much more work to do and, look, BC is going to be a challenge for us,” Irish coach Brian Kelly said. “I’ve got to get this football team back up, emotionally ready to play, and BC — we’ve got a target on our backs now.
“There are so many more things on my plate relative to what I have to do than really concern myself with playoffs and who is in and who is not in. There are other people that will do that, because the real challenge now is to keep this football team accelerating.”
Quarterback Ian Book must maintain the offense’s momentum. Book has passed for 1,535 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception this season and rushed for five touchdowns.
Running back Kyren Williams leads the Notre Dame ground game with 740 yards and 10 touchdowns, and the top receiving target has been tight end Michael Mayer with 20 catches for 235 yards and two touchdowns.
On defense, linemen Isaiah Foskey and Adetokunbo Ogundeji each have 3.5 sacks to lead the Irish in that category, and four defenders have one interception apiece.
Boston College Eagles Betting Preview
Boston College (5-3, 4-3 ACC) has had its moments this season. The Eagles are coming off a 16-13 road win against Syracuse, which followed a 34-28 loss at Clemson one week earlier in a game they led 28-13 at halftime.
The Eagles have alternated wins and losses in each of the last seven weeks.
Eagles quarterback Phil Jurkovec is tarted his college career at Notre Dame before transferring to Boston College, in part because he could not overcome Book on the depth chart.
This season, Jurkovec has passed for 2,083 yards, 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. His top end-zone target has been wideout Zay Flowers, who has 38 catches for 600 yards and six touchdowns. Boston College’s primary running back is David Bailey (429 yards, four TDs).
“The thing with Phil, I think every week you are going to see him improve like he has,” Boston College coach Jeff Hafley said. “He can sit in the pocket and throw the ball down the field. He can keep plays alive with the scramble and he keeps his eyes down the field better than any quarterback I’ve seen in a while.”
Fighting Irish at Eagles Betting Pick for November 14, 2020
The Irish lead the series 16-9 and have won the last seven meetings with the Eagles. Book passed for 239 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for a team-high 66 yards for the Irish in their 40-7 win over the Eagles last year.
Fighting Irish at Eagles Betting Pick:
Fighting Irish 35, Eagles 20
Fighting Irish at Eagles Best Bet for November 14, 2020
The Irish have scored 89 points in the last two meetings with the Eagles with a 40-7 rout last year and a 49-20 victory in 2018, the last time they met at Chestnut Hill. The 20 points represent BC’s biggest scoring output against the Irish since a 27-15 win in 2007.
Fighting Irish at Eagles Best Bet: OVER 48.5