Podcast: Breaking Down Notre Dame's Dominant Victory Over Boston College

Bryan Driskell

Notre Dame rode a brilliant defensive performance and a strong outing from the special teams to defeat Boston College by a convincing 40-7 score. It was a sloppy day for the offense, but when given the chance to put the game away, Ian Book and the offense did just that.

The latest Irish Breakdown podcast discusses the overall dominant performance before getting into specifics of the brilliance of the defense, the growth we've seen on that side of the ball, the quality play of the special teams and what the offense did well, and what it didn't do so well.

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Comments (11)
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MikeBon20
MikeBon20

Bryan,

Well done podcast as usual and I really appreciate the fact that you are back full time covering ND football. I look forward to watching this site grow and become the go to website for ND football coverage. I want to add that Notre Dame’s 1988 throwback uniforms worn during this game were the best uniforms ND has worn since the 1980’s and 1990’s. The style and gold color of the pants are PERFECT and ND should Immediately replace their current pants with these ones. In addition the jersey’s blue color with bunched number style that have visible mesh holes pin size were brilliant and honestly ND should adopt the entire this year’s entire throwback uniform as their permanent and there is NO DOUBT about it .

jmjonesy80
jmjonesy80

You mentioned the depth and talent of the O-line in your podcast. To me, with the talent at the position, there is no reason Ruhland should even be playing. The first game Kraemer went down, I can understand. But Quinn has has three games to get someone else ready. This is no means an insult to Ruhland. I believe the kid is playing his heart out. I just think he is playing beyond hobbled.

Jimv54
Jimv54

Great Podcast, excited for the O Line article! I think Kelly knows his hire at that position coach wasn’t good enough and is a bit defensive about it. Gotta say though, I love the black shoes. Old school. Feel better!

IN_Irish
IN_Irish

So...ultimately any idea what happened with the defense vs Michigan? That's generally appearing to be the outlier in performance - did they just not want to play that day because of the weather? Or did they just have the wrong scheme in place for Michigan?

mparrott84
mparrott84

Couldn't agree more on the uniforms, the pants were fantastic with how they looked with the helmets. The jerseys weren't that much different, so they were good, but loved the pants color.

Hip19
Hip19

Excellent analysis especially as it relates to the lack of a consistent running game and how it is holding back the ND offense (and team) especially when facing top 40 defenses. This area needs to be addressed There is too much talent on the OL to have these issues over the last 2 seasons. I would argue it is also significantly impacting Book’s performance and effectiveness. Without a consistent run game Book is continually asked to do too much. The play action, rhythmic passing game and RPO game (both of which are his strengths) would be so much more effective and productive. with a capable running game. Book would have easier, tuning throws to make as a result of defenses having to commit to stopping the run. Undoubtedly the OL rum blocking needs to improve rather dramatically for ND to take the next step as an offense. I surely hope it is priority #1 in the offseason.


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