Notre Dame at Boston College – Statistically Speaking

Here is a statistical comparison of Notre Dame and Boston College with some comments below.

Notre Dame

Statistical Comparison

Boston College

Stat Rank Category Rank State
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.

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  1. I don’t think it matters that they are only 59th in the country in rushing. The way our defense plays against the run they could be 119th and still look like their backfield was made up of Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith.

  2. This game will come down to if the offense can score when it matters. Plain and simple.

    I feel optimistic about this week. I think Brown’s comments will fire up the defense and i think Jimmy Clausen and the irish offense are going to want to prove that they can put up points in the second half of games.

    I not only expect a win, i expect it to be done pretty deliberately.

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