The OFD Staff sent their picks in for this Saturday’s game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Boston College Eagles (and a whole bunch of other games).
Notre Dame 41, Boston College 21
It’s senior day. Ian Book is hitting his stride. The Irish finish off another undefeated home slate with a dominating win over BC.
Indiana Hoosiers 35, Michigan Wolverines 28
The Hoosiers hung tough with Penn State last weekend in Happy Valley and if it wasn’t for some self inflicted wounds, they would have had a real chance. This weekend the welcome Michigan into BTown. The home crowd will be the difference. Peyton Ramsey leads the Hoosiers to a seasoning defining victory over Michigan and the we’ll be one step closer to #9WINDIANA!
Notre Dame 42, Boston College 20
In a senior day game, the Irish go out and continue the run they are on. BC is only slightly better in yards per play than Bowling Green (like .001 ypp better). AJ Dillon will run in at least 1 or 2 TDs for BC, annoying us just a little. But, Ian Book and the Irish roll through another defense for the third straight week. The Irish are just too much offensively for this BC team.
Central Michigan Chippewas BYE
Notre Dame Fighting Irish 34, Boston College Eagles 17
Last week I said I was a lot more confident in Notre Dame’s defense than their offense. That’s still true to an extent, but Ian Book, Chase Claypool, and co. certainly proved me wrong. Boston College’s greatest strength is their running game and Notre Dame can neutralize that if they can jump out to an early lead, which shouldn’t be a problem against BC’s defense. I’m going to hold off on calling this one too much of a blowout though in the hopes that I get proven wrong again.
Washington State Cougars 42, Oregon State Beavers 31
The good Washington State team showed up last week and they managed to run over Stanford. I would expect that team to show up again this week to get the Cougars bowl eligible. All eyes may be on the Apple Cup next week against Washington, but they won’t want to rely on a win in that game to reach a six win season.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish 44, Boston College Eagles 20
AJ Dillon is an absolute stud and he will do a little damage on Saturday in South Bend, but the Irish already proved against D’Andre Swift and Georgia, as well as last week against Navy, that they can at the very least contain a great rushing attack, if not shut it down at times. I expect the Notre Dame offense to pick apart a bad-to-mediocre Eagles defense, and this one will be over by mid-third quarter, allowing plenty of our favorite young reserves to see some time, as well as any and all seniors, considering it’s Senior Day.
Kansas Jayhawks 33, Iowa State Cyclones 28
OUR Kansas Jayhawks suffered a rough loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys last weekend, but luckily they have the opportunity to bounce right back with a huge road win over a ranked opponent this weekend in Ames. I expect Les will have the Lads ready to lay the lumber this weekend, and the Mad Hatter’s men will mutilate Matt Campbell’s mob to toss KU back into the driver’s seat for the Big 12 championship (as well as a CFP spot). ROCK CHALK JAYHAWKS BAY-BEEEEEE.
Notre Dame 41, Boston College 13
I think with Notre Dame’s offense clicking and Boston College being markedly worse than usual, this is finally the year that Notre Dame blows out Boston College. BC is known for playing ND close at the very least, and beating them when they shouldn’t. I just think that is different this year.
Miami-Ohio Redhawks don’t play again until the 29th (next Friday).
Notre Dame 38, Boston College 17
After feeling more than sketchy about Notre Dame’s chances heading into a presumed showdown with Navy, the Irish had an eight-play sequence where they scored four touchdowns and led 38-3 at the half, so ... sure!
This one feels rather simple knowing what we know now about them. They’re still a good team with talent all over the place and they’re beating teams they should fairly comfortably. It’s also Senior Day, which no senior ever wants to lose on their big day. BC’s running backs are threatening, but the Irish are a much better team and should win this one without much trouble. (Of course, I say that after last week and it’ll be a one-possession game heading into the fourth on Saturday.)
Kentucky Wildcats 34, UT-Martin 13
Kentucky’s season has been so friggin’ weird because of the quarterback situation, but Lynn Bowden has been a revelation because there’s not a sport in existence that he can’t play apparently. (He’s probably a great curler.)
It’s one of those weird “it’s basically a bye week, but not really a bye week” for the SEC this week and the Wildcats shouldn’t have much of a problem with UT-Martin, who lost to Florida by 45 points earlier this season.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish 35, Boston College Eagles 21
Notre Dame’s offense looked as good as ever last week against Navy and I have no real doubt that they will continue to play in such a fashion. Sure, BC is a much improved program, but the Eagles have yet to beat a ranked team this season. BC will likely have to wait a week to claim bowl eligibility.
Oregon State Beavers 38, Washington State Cougars 35
The Beavs didn’t let me down last week! WSU has been a little all over the place this year, which gives me hope that the Beavs can get it done with another big day from their defense, quarterback Jake Luton, and tight end Noah Togiai. They just need to keep that signature Mike Leach air raid in check as much as possible.
Notre Dame 42, BC 20
Ian Books continues his rise in performance and spreads the ball around a bit more than last week. Look for Chase Claypool to be blanketed, allowing Chris Finke to have a career high in catches/yards on Senior Day. The Irish defense will hold steady and continue the march towards a 10-2 finish.
Holy Cross 31, Georgetown 24
THIS IS IT. THIS IS FOR THE PATRIOT LEAGUE TITLE AND AN NCAA (FCS) PLAYOFF SPOT. Bob Chesney will have the fans, coaches, and players ready to go for this one. After a very slow start and dropping 0-14 last week, the Crusaders ripped off 35 unanswered points in the second half in a dramatic win against Fordham. This momentum continues in a tight win that leaves Worcester rocking and straight into the playoffs.
Notre Dame 35, Boston College 14
Boston College (5-5) comes to Notre Dame (8-2) for senior day, and I have zero doubts that Notre Dame will handle their business and beat Boston College with no issues. Ian Book looked like the quarterback we all knew he could be last week against Navy, and I expect to see more of the Ian Book - Chase Claypool Show on Saturday against the Eagles. Expect the Irish to send off their seniors with a bang! Go Irish! Beat Eagles!
Arkansas Razorbacks 0, LSU Tigers 56
Arkansas (2-8) comes to Baton Rouge to face undefeated (10-0) # 1 nationally ranked L.S.U. The Razorbacks come off a bye week and suffering the loss of their Head Coach who was fired. Arkansas’ problems will not be solved in time to ease the pain of suffering their 9th loss.L.S.U. soundly defeated Ole Miss last week, however, their Head Coach Ed Orgeron is not pleased with his Tiger defense. The Tiger defense gave up over 600 yards to the Rebels. This is not the kind of defense that will handle Georgia or even Ohio St. should they ever meet. So needless to say the Tiger defense will be out to improve and do so vs. Arkansas. The L.S.U. offense is high powered and is deep. Look for L.S.U. to show no mercy and soundly defeat a Arkansas team looking for a new coach and a brighter future.
Notre Dame 34, Boston College 20
Ian Book has a good thing going and we can expect him to go all in against the Eagles. The Irish will amp up the aggression against a rival team to overpower BC’s Dillon and Bailey. These Irish will successfully defend their house.
Ohio State Buckeyes 52, Penn State Nittany Lions 41
The Buckeyes will have Chase Young back, the College GameDay crew will have the Shoe louder than ever, and the Buckeyes will get the W.
Notre Dame 52, Boston College 17
I firmly believe the Notre Dame offense remains on its upward trajectory with its efficiency — even if the running game is still somewhat anemic. Notre Dame’s receiving weapons are getting better and better, and besides Chase Claypool, I expect a big day from Braden Lenzy. I think the Irish defense will do enough to slow down the running game, and once they get a good lead, BC will be forced to throw the ball — and that’s where Kyle Hamilton will end up making the story of the day with multiple picks and maybe even a touchdown. I offer zero respect.`
Eastern Michigan Eagles
EMU beat the crap out of the Northern Illinois Huskies and are bowl eligible once again — HOLLA!
Here are a few other quick predictions that may matter to ND:
- Texas Longhorns 36, Baylor Bears 33
- TCU Horned Frogs 22, Oklahoma Sooners 41
- Oregon Ducks 27, Arizona State Sun Devils 23
- Minnesota Golden Gophers 17, Northwestern Wildcats 20