Last Updated on November 14, 2020
- Notre Dame is -13.5 against Boston College this weekend and the total is set to 48.5
- Boston College is 5-3 against the spread this season, but only 2-3 straight up as the underdog.
- The Fighting Irish are on a six-game winning streak against the Eagles.
Who is riding higher than No. 2 Notre Dame after last weekend? The Fighting Irish just took down Clemson to continue their undefeated season and they are trying to keep that momentum going against upstart Boston College this weekend.
This is one of the biggest games of Week 11 of the college football season. Notre Dame has legitimate hopes of winning a National Championship after their massive win against Clemson last weekend.. Let’s take a look at the best odds, lines, analysis, and everything else you need to know for Boston College vs. Notre Dame.
Boston College – Notre Dame 2020 Line
Notre Dame is -13.5 on the spread line and -526 on the moneyline. There is potential value on Boston College’s moneyline, which is sitting at +470 right now. That means a $100 bet on the Eagles to win would net a profit of $470 should they pull off the upset.
The total is set to 48.5 right now. The two teams are averaging a combined 62.7 points per game on offense, but they are only allowing 39.2 points per game on defense.
Preview and Betting Angles
Boston College shouldn’t be overlooked in this game, but Notre Dame is the big favorite here for a reason. Sure, they have had a favorable schedule up to this point, but beating Clemson — even without Trevor Lawrence — is a major statement. Brian Kelly’s team jumped up to a season-high No. 2 in the AP Top 25 Poll and they are well on their way to a berth in the ACC Championship Game, which would likely be a rematch with Clemson.
However, this has all the makings of the classic “let down” game. Notre Dame just won their biggest game of the season and Boston College is no slouch this year. Remember, they almost knocked off Clemson two weeks ago as well. The Eagles didn’t enter 2020 with much hype, but they have shown that they are capable of standing up with the big boys of the ACC.
If Notre Dame is going to continue their undefeated season, they will need Ian Book to have another big game. The senior quarterback is making a late push at the Heisman Trophy. He’s still a ways away from joining the favorites when it comes to Heisman Trophy odds, but he’s been a crucial part of Notre Dame’s undefeated season. Book posted a 131.6 passing efficiency rating against Clemson last week.
On the opposite side of the field, Boston College is led by Phil Jurkovec. The redshirt sophomore has 15 passing touchdowns and four interceptions on the season. He’s also a threat on the ground as well with four rushing touchdowns. And Jurkovec is going to have some serious motivation to show up on Saturday. He spent the first two years of his college career at Notre Dame.
Jurkovec knew he was never going to get a shot to start at quarterback as long as Book was in the picture, so he transferred to BC. Now he’ll have the opportunity to stick it to his old team in a big way.
In terms of betting trends, Boston College has been good to bettors this year. They are 5-3 against the spread compared to Notre Dame who is just 4-3. However, Boston College is just 2-3 straight up when they are the underdog.
Notre Dame vs. Boston College History
Notre Dame is on a six-game winning streak against Boston College with one vacated one in the middle. Believe it or not, this rivalry was not always a one-sided affair. The Fighting Irish are 15-9 against the Eagles all-time, so their recent winning streak has not always been the norm.
These two teams played last season and Notre Dame took Boston College to the woodshed. Brian Kelly’s squad dominated in a 40-7 rout. Ian Book threw for 239 yards and three touchdowns in the game. He also flashed his dual-threat capabilities with 66 yards on the ground.
How To Watch Notre Dame vs. Boston College
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 14
- Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Alumni Stadium (Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts)
- TV: NBC
Betting Picks and Score Prediction
This game is going to be closer than most people think. We still expect Notre Dame to win and continue their march toward the ACC Championship Game, but Boston College won’t make it easy. Jurkovec will show up in a big way and this will be a close game in the fourth quarter.
For that reason alone, take Boston College with the points. We’ve seen the Eagles hang around with better teams for longer than anyone expected. With them playing at home, this game will go down to the last few possessions before Notre Dame eventually seals the victory.
Final Score Prediction: Notre Dame wins 27-20
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