Analysis

Fighting Irish Preview: How will the Irish Respond Against Boston College?

Lyndon B. Johnson once said “We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it”

See, it’s gut check time in South Bend, and Saturday cannot come quick enough for the Fighting Irish. Each day a new headline, each hour more criticism, and these players know what to expect after a loss. After all, most of them were on last year’s 4-8 team.

What the Irish need is a statement. Similar to Temple, and three and a half quarters against Georgia. Regain focus, band together, while earning a road win against Boston College.

Can they avoid the dark cloud surrounding Brian Kelly, the Georgia crowd , and learn from the loss? Or will they let it “snowball” into a farewell tour for Brian Kelly?

Coming into Saturday against Boston College, the Irish sit at 1-1, with a blowout win against Temple, and a one point (or possession whichever you privy) against the Bulldogs of Georgia.

Boston College enters the game also sitting at 1-1 with a win over Northern Illinois, and a loss to Wake Forest. Neither of which seem to have given a clear indication of what kind of team Steve Addazio has.

What they do have is Harold Landry. Arguably one of, if not the best defensive end in the country. In fact Brian Kelly had this to say about Landry “His preseason accolades are not hype. He’s one of the best in the country.” Should be alot of fun seeing him battle the big guys along the Irish front.

What they dont have is a Quarterback controversy…see, even though Boston College head coach Steve Addazio pulled freshmen starter Anthony Brown in the third quarter after throwing his third interception of the game. Coach Addazio said “Anthony’s ready to rock and roll. He’s our quarterback, and we’re looking forward to getting him going.”

However, he’s been erratic with his passes. He was 26 of 42 with an interception against Northern Illinois in a win, and 11-29 against Wake Forest in a loss, including three interceptions.

If that goes uncorrected, it could be a long day for Boston College. He does have some weapons on offense. Runningbacks Jon Hilliman, and Thadd Smith to go along with receivers Kobay White (42 yards on four catches against Wake Forest), and Jeff Smith ( who had five catches for 56 yards against Wake Forest).

Even if Boston College doesn’t turn the ball over, I think The Irish are just too much to handle. Especially an Irish team licking it’s wounds a bit.

All week long the Irish have shared the same sentiment, losing is unacceptable, but have they learned from it? That’s the million dollar question.

We’ve heard this time and time again, “close loss, moving on”, sadly, if it was indeed a thing of the past, we wouldn’t have to talk about it anymore.

After gaining 422 rushing yards against Temple, the Irish had only 55 against Georgia. That’s unacceptable. For as experienced as that offensive line is, 55 yards won’t cut it. Period.

There’s too much talent along the line for that to happen, too much talent in the backfield for that to happen, and the Irish need to get the run game going. Get Dexter Williams into the game, he was over 124 yard on six touches against Temple, and he doesn’t run single snap again at Georgia ? Unacceptable. Playing from behind or not, you get your difference makers the ball.

I think they will, Josh Adams and Dexter Williams get back on track tomorrow. The Irish need a statement win to feel good about.  Not just statement in opponent, but statement in quality on the field.

Prediction

It’s on the road, against Boston College, so of course, anything can happen. However, coming off a heartbreaking loss, the Irish rise to the occasion, manhandling Boston College 48-21 to move 2-1.

Go Irish!

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