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    College football picks: Can Notre Dame avoid another letdown vs. Boston College?

    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.


    Most notably top-ranked Alabama at LSU was postponed with no guarantee it will be rescheduled, and No. 3 Ohio State at Maryland was canceled altogether as the Big Ten’s nine-week schedule has no open dates built in for makeups.

    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.

    Middle Tennessee (plus 23?) at No. 16 Marshall

    The Blue Raiders have won two straight against the Thundering Herd. MARSHALL 42-17.

    No. 19 SMU (plus 2?) at Tulsa

    Getting on the field has been tricky for the Golden Hurricane, but they are unbeaten in conference play. SMU 31-24.

    No. 20 USC (minus 14) at Arizona

    The Trojans needed a fair amount of good fortune to steal a victory against Arizona State last week, but the Wildcats might not pose as many problems as their in-state rivals. USC 45-21.

    Western Carolina (plus 33) at No. 22 Liberty

    The Flames have an FCS tune-up before finishing with North Carolina State and Coastal Carolina. LIBERTY 56-14.

    No. 23 Northwestern (minus 3) at Purdue

    The Wildcats defense ranks ninth in the country in yards per play (4.46) and seventh in scoring (12.6 points per game). PURDUE 23-20.

    South Alabama (plus 15?) at No. 25 Louisiana-Lafayette

    The Ragin’ Cajuns have won four straight in the series but all by 10 points or fewer. LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 34-21.

    Twitter requests

    Penn State (minus 3) at Nebraska — @oriolesfactoids

    The Nittany Lions and Cornhuskers have combined for seven national championships in their storied histories and zero victories in five games this season. PENN STATE 27-21.

    Wake Forest (plus 13?) at North Carolina — @hokiesmash_ASD

    The Tar Heels are the best team in the country not currently ranked — not that they didn’t earn it by losing to Florida State and Virginia. NORTH CAROLINA 42-24.

    Nevada (minus 17?) vs. New Mexico in Las Vegas — @lilerq74

    The Lobos, who can’t play in their home state, might be taking a season-long road trip. NEVADA 38-14.


    Last week: 15-7 straight up; 8-14 against the spread.

    Season: 96-40 straight up; 63-71-1 against the spread.

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