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.