The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-0 overall, 6-0 ACC) visit the Boston College Eagles (5-3, 4-3) Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff. Below, we analyze the Notre Dame-Boston College college football betting odds and lines, with picks and predictions.
The Fighting Irish are No. 2 in the Amway Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY Sports.
Notre Dame at Boston College: Betting odds, spread and lines
Money line: Notre Dame -455 (bet $454 to win $100) | Boston College +350 (bet $100 to win $350)
Against the spread/ATS: Notre Dame -11.5 (-110) | Boston College +11.5 (-110)
Over/Under: 50.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
Notre Dame at Boston College: Three things to know
Notre Dame is coming off a 47-40 upset of then-No. 1 Clemson in double overtime at home last Saturday night. After RB Kyren Williams (140 rushing yards, 3 TDs, 23 carries) scored on a 3-yard run on the first possession of the second overtime, DLs Adetokumbo Ogundeji and Daelin Hayes had back-to-back sacks to put Clemson in a 3rd-and-24 hole it couldn’t recover from. QB Ian Book threw for 310 yards and one TD as the Irish won a 13th consecutive game, beat a No. 1 team for the first time since 1993 (Florida State) and snapped an 11-game losing streak to top-five teams. Notre Dame, which was a 5-point underdog, had to drive 91 yards in the final 1:41 to force the overtime.
Boston College, which has alternated wins and losses over the last seven weeks, just beat Syracuse 16-13. QB Phil Jurkovec, who started his career at Notre Dame, threw for 208 yards with a score, PK Aaron Boumerhi made 3 of 5 field-goal attempts, and the defense held the Orange to 240 total yards, including just 52 on the ground. BC lost 34-28 to Clemson the week before after jumping out to a 28-13 halftime lead.
Notre Dame beat Boston College 40-7 a year ago in South Bend, outgaining the Eagles 501-191. Book threw for 239 yards with 3 TDs in that victory, the Irish’s 7th in a row in the series. The Eagles last beat the Irish in 2008 – a 17-0 shutout in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
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Notre Dame at Boston College: Odds, betting lines, predictions and picks
Notre Dame 35, Boston College 13
Money line (ML)
AVOID. The Irish will no doubt win, but the -455 price is not worth the risk.
Against the spread (ATS)
NOTRE DAME -11.5 (-110) is the STRONGEST PLAY – 1.5 times your usual wager. Sure, there could be a letdown after the Clemson thriller, but the Irish will cover Saturday’s two-touchdown spread because of their defense. Notre Dame has allowed 14 or more points just twice this season and it yields just 14.6 points per game this season to rank 12th in the country. As long as the offense scores 30 points, Notre Dame should cover.
The UNDER 50.5 (-110) is also worth a small play – half your usual wager. Notre Dame owns a 4-3 O/U record, while Boston College is 3-5. The slight fear is if the Irish, who are averaging 36.6 PPG, score too many points.
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|Johnny’s 2020 CFB record / Strongest plays||9-9 / 4-3|
|2020 overall record (all sports)||140-104-3|
|Strongest plays (all sports)||69-39-1|
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