Here is a statistical comparison of Notre Dame and Boston College with some comments below.
|27.38||51st||Scoring Offense vs. Scoring Defense||27th||19|
|385.38||45th||Total Offense vs. Total Defense||10th||274.75|
|121.75||91st||Rushing Offense vs. Rushing Defense||19th||106.25|
|263.63||18th||Passing Offense vs. Passing Defense||14th||168.50|
|134.61||41st||Passing Efficiency Off. vs. Passing Efficiency Def||12th||101.16|
|20.88||38th||Scoring Defense vs. Scoring Offense||46th||28.00|
|334.50||41st||Total Defense vs. Total Offense||82nd||334.63|
|127.75||50th||Rushing Defense vs. Rushing Offense||59th||149.88|
|206.75||60th||Passing Defense vs. Passing Offense||91st||184..75|
|104.76||17th||Passing Efficiency Def. vs. Passing Efficiency Off.||106th||104.50|
|35.28||59th||Net Punting vs. Net Punting||54th||35.36|
|6.77||88th||Punt Returns vs. Punt Returns||18th||14.50|
|20.71||76th||Kickoff Returns vs. Kickoff Returns||113th||18.39|
|0.25||47th||Turnover Margin vs. Turnover Margin||55th||0.13|
|1.63||80th||Sacks vs. Sacks Allowed||27th||1.25|
|1.50||39th||Sacks Allowed vs. Sacks vs. Sacks||28th||2.63|
- Boston College is ranked just 113th in the country at returning kickoffs so look for Mike Anello’s name to be called a couple times this weekend.
- The BC offense is not anywhere close to as potent as the version the Irish faced last year when Matt Ryan lead the Eagles into South Bend. BC is just 82nd in the country and more importantly they are only 59th in the country running the football which has been our biggest weakness on defense.
- Neither team has done a particularly good job winning the turnover battle this season. Turnovers have killed the Irish in road losses to MSU and UNC so far this year.
- Both teams do a good job protecting their quarterback but BC does a much better job getting after the opposing quarterback.
- BC is strong on defense across the board with their worst ranking being 19th, but their defensive numbers are a bit inflated thanks to games against Kent State, Rhode Island, and UCF.