The No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish are aiming for the No. 1 spot in the College Football Playoff rankings, so they can’t afford to lose to a team like the Boston College Eagles this coming weekend. But will the Eagles pull off a giant upset? Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Boston College Eagles NCAA Week 11 College Football Game on November 14, 2020
Where: Alumni Stadium , Chestnut Hill, MA
When: Saturday, November 14, 2020, 3:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ABC
Betting on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-13.5)
Record: 7-0 Overall / 6-0 Conference
Many would note that Trevor Lawrence was not around when the Fighting Irish dealt the Clemson Tigers’ first loss of the season last Saturday to the tune of a 47-40 score in double overtime. But it also seemed like the Fighting Irish would have at least made life harder than usual for Clemson even if Lawrence was there taking snaps instead of D.J. Uiagalelei. For one, Uiagalelei played well for Clemson. It’s just that Notre Dame played better, more cohesive football, and it will be a terrifying opponent for Boston College. Ian Book passed for 310 yards and a touchdown on 22-of-39 completions against Clemson, while the ground attack of Notre Dame came up big with 208 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 40 carries. Kyren Williams, who is leading the Fighting Irish this season with 740 rushing yards to go with 10 rushing scores — tied for third-most so far this conference in the ACC. That Notre Dame was able to put that many points on the board against Clemson’s defense is also not a good sign for Boston College’s chances. The Eagles might have a false sense of confidence in their defense after their win against the lowly Syracuse Orange over the weekend that could bite them hard when they finally meet the rampaging Notre Dame unit.
Notre Dame is 6-4 against the spread in its last 10 games as the road team.
Betting on the Boston College Eagles (+13.5)
Record: 5-3 Overall / 4-3 Conference
Boston College averted a bad loss last Saturday, as the Eagles held off the Syracuse Orange in a 16-13 road win. The Eagles’ defense stepped up here, as it allowed just 240 total yards. The Eagles were particularly brutal against Syracuse’s rushing attack that coughed up just 52 yards on 21 carries for a pathetic average of 2.5 yards per rushing attempt. Boston College is going to need that same energy on its defense against Notre Dame’s offense. Although the Fighting Irish are undefeated so far this season, they are not great in covering the spread. In fact, they are just 3-4 against the spread in seven games to start the season. Notre Dame also failed to beat the spread as a 20.5-point favorite in its last road game, which resulted in a 31-13 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Oct. 31. Meanwhile, Boston College is great in covering the spread when it’s playing in its own field. The Eagles are 3-0 against the spread in their last three games as the home team.
Notre Dame wins, 47-23.
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