Notre Dame vs. Boston College: Irish guard against letdown

Jonathan Daniel

After last week's scare against Pitt, Notre Dame players aren't taking their game against Boston College for granted.

The Pitt Panthers put a scare into the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday, and it took three overtimes for the Irish to emerge with a win. The team is expecting every team's best shot for the rest of the season, and aren't taking the 2-7 Boston College Eagles lightly, according to CSNChicago's JJ Stankevitz:

"They're a physical group," center Braxston Cave said of Boston College, which is 2-7. "They like to get after it, they're going to make you earn everything you get."

On paper, the Eagles appear to be overmatched. They're 122nd in the nation in rushing offense, and have only beaten one FBS team this season. However, Pitt appeared to be overmatched against the Irish as well, and they almost cost them a shot at an undefeated season. Linebacker Manti Te'o doesn't think it will be a cakewalk on Saturday:

"They just play Boston College football," linebacker Manti Te'o explained. "They spread it out, they run it when they have to, they have guys who do their jobs well. The quarterback slings the ball around pretty good, the receivers run nice routes and catch the ball."

After Boston College, the Irish's schedule concludes with games against Wake Forest in South Bend, and against USC in Los Angeles. The temptation for looking ahead to the USC game is probably strong, but after their experience against Pitt, it doesn't seem the Irish will take anything for granted.

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