Saturday, November 10, 2012
It's game day at Alumni Stadium
By Matt Fortuna
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Greetings from Alumni Stadium, where Notre Dame will look to get to 10-0 in just under an hour.
A lot more may be at stake from here on out for the Irish, who may or may not know about Alabama's tumble earlier tonight. That helps their national title hopes tremendously, with now just Oregon and Kansas State in front of them.
I've felt all along that when it comes down to the end of the season Notre Dame may be able to slip past the Wildcats in a beauty contest. Needing triple-overtime to beat a Pitt team that just lost to UConn doesn't help that, but perhaps winning going away tonight against the Eagles would be a good start.
Of course, there is plenty of football left for all three teams to play, and the Irish, as Brian Kelly loves to say, need to take care of business themselves. That starts tonight against a two-win BC team that has little left to play for, though that didn't stop them from keeping it close last season at Notre Dame Stadium.
As for personnel news, there's not much noteworthy about Notre Dame's travel roster. Gunner Kiel is here, unlike the Oklahoma trip, which Kelly said Kiel missed because there was not enough room for him on the team plane because of the Irish's large traveling party. Apparently Boston doesn't carry quite the juice that a Norman trip featuring two top-10 teams does.
I'll be on Twitter throughout the night, so be sure to follow along there. Any breaking news or injury updates will be posted immediately in the blog, and we'll have plenty of postgame coverage as well, so be sure to check back here later after tonight's contest.