College football picks: Can Notre Dame avoid another letdown vs. Boston College?
By Ralph D. Russo
Nov 13, 2020 at 9:16 AM
Maybe the most famous field goal in Boston College history is getting talked about a lot this week.
David Gordon’s career-long 41-yarder as time expired on Nov. 20, 1993, gave the Eagles a stunning victory against then-No. 1 Notre Dame, the week after the Irish knocked off top-ranked Florida State at home.
Now, six days short of exactly 27 years later, No. 2 Notre Dame faces BC a week after knocking off No. 1 Clemson. Odd coincidence or ominous sign of things to come?
Across major college football this weekend the theme was ranked teams hitting the road as sizable favorites — then over the course of about 24 hours, the Nos. 1, 3, 5, 12, 15 and 24 teams had their games called off because of COVID-19.
It’s still game on for Notre Dame, which had its coronavirus issues earlier in the season. The Irish are favored by about two touchdowns at Boston College. It was just two weeks ago that the surprising Eagles (5-3) went to Clemson and took an 18-point lead in the first half before succumbing.
Of course what happened 27 years ago has no bearing on this weekend, but just in case: BC kicker Aaron Boumerhi is a transfer from Temple who is 10 of 14 this season on field goals with a long of 41 yards.
East Carolina (plus 27?) at No. 7 Cincinnati
The Bearcats are looking for their first 7-0 start since 2009, when they went unbeaten in the regular season under Brian Kelly. CINCINNATI 42-13.
No. 2 Notre Dame (minus 13?) at Boston College
Eagles QB Phil Jurkovec is a transfer from Notre Dame, with 15 touchdown passes and four interceptions. NOTRE DAME 28-13.
Arkansas (plus 17?) at No. 6 Florida
Gators QB Kyle Trask has 22 touchdown passes in five games — the same as Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow had last season for LSU. FLORIDA 38-17.
No. 9 Miami (plus 2) at Virginia Tech
The Hokies are coming off a painful loss to Liberty, while the Hurricanes still have ACC title hopes. VIRGINIA TECH 35-31.
No. 10 Indiana (minus 7?) at Michigan State
The Hoosiers are a win away from going to Ohio State at 4-0 for what could be one of the biggest games in program history. INDIANA 24-14.
No. 11 Oregon (minus 10) at Washington State
The Ducks’ entirely rebuilt offensive line played like a veteran bunch in an opening victory. OREGON 31-17.
No. 13 Wisconsin (minus 4?) at Michigan
The Badgers and Wolverines have split four meetings in the last four years, with the home team winning each game. WISCONSIN 35-24.