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We'll see if there's fight in the Irish this Saturday

Oct 20, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

One positive coming out of the loss to USC is that the Irish won’t have much time to dwell on it.
That’s because the reviled Boston College Eagles come to town intent on extending a winning streak of their own.

Boston College didn’t look like much of an opponent early in the season. With an offseason filled with negatives — head coach Jeff Jagodzinski getting fired for trying to get an NFL head coaching job and star linebacker Mark Herzlich being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer — Frank Spaziani’s club also had to break in former minor league farmhand Dave Shinskie as it starting quarterback.

The Eagles started with a few cupcakes before looking completely inept against Clemson. Yet somehow, the Eagles smoke-and-mirrored their way to a win against Wake Forest, beat Florida State, and after getting speed bagged by Virginia Tech, drilled former coach Tom O’Brien’s NC State team and got their record to a respectable 5-2.

After watching BC’s game against the Wolfpack last night to get a feel for the team, they certainly look like a much better team than the one I watched earlier in the year look lost offensively against Clemson. And with Montel Harris running for 5.6 yards per clip, the woeful Irish defense will need to carry over some of the 4th quarter enthusiasm they showed into stopping the run.

I was quick to credit the Irish for never giving up last weekend, and Coach Weis made it clear that he thought there was plenty of fight in this Irish team. But if Notre Dame is going to achieve any of the goals they had set for this season, it’s imperative they leave the disappointment of last Saturday behind. 

  1. kejji - Oct 20, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    This will be the third straight game the Irish have the advantage of playing at home.
    Why is it the domers get to play 7 games games at home and only 5 games on the road?…with one of those away games being in a neutral site, with no advantage to the opposing team?
    So the Irish have to play only 4 games in hostile territory?
    Everbody knows playing at home is a big advantage, likened to an extra three points to the home team.
    Sounds like N.D. gets an advantage and a pretty sweet deal and an advantage nobody else gets.
    I guess being an independent has perks that teams stuck in a conference don’t get.

  2. Brett S - Oct 20, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Take a good hard look at the schedules of all BCS conference schools. You are typically going to see at least 7 homes games, and in some cases (I know Michigan is one of those cases) 8 home games. This is not “an advantage nobody else gets”. It’s actually pretty standard. Do at least a bare minimum of homework prior to spouting off and sounding stupid while doing it.

  3. ljm - Oct 20, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Gee, great insight there, kejji. About that “advantage nobody else gets”, and apparently “that teams stuck in a conference don’t get”, I guess Michigan playing 8 games at home in Ann Arbor this year, and 7 next year doesn’t count. I must have missed the story where UM dropped out of the Big Ten.

  4. Jeff - Oct 20, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    True – almost avery “elite” team plays at least 7 home games. Gets harder to schedule – because most elite schools are tied into conference home and aways, and won’t shedule a team like Notre Dame without a home and away (because they have no away slots available). ND deserves to have 7 home games just as well as the rest of them – . Now, on Notre Dame’s behalf – they have never stooped to playing a team from lower division (Note: SEC feasts on these to bolster a guaranteed bowl qualifier (Florida’s schedule with Charlseton Sou., Troy, and Florida Int., is pathetic; Texas’s strength of schedule is probably worst among BCS qualifying teams – Mich.: Deleware State? Ranked around 200 out of 240 teams in all divisions. ND’s lighter schedule is ranked by Sagarin is 13th toughest out of 240 schools! This, after taking so much crap for supposedly playing a watered down schedule. Only Notre Dame, USC, Washington, and Washington State have never scheduled a game with a cupcake from a lower division – EVER. As a side note: When all things are rebalanced in the universe, and they soon will be: We will win again! We will dominate again! Because? WE ARE ND… and you’re not!!!!

  5. Sharkey - Oct 20, 2009 at 9:53 PM

    Jealous, kejji? If all the rivals of ND are going to turn green with envy because of staying independent, NBC contract, or whatever else they want to whine about or call unfair, I hope the shade of green they turn is Kelley.

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