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Thursday, November 8, 2012
What to watch: Notre Dame at BC

By Matt Fortuna

Here's what to keep an eye on Saturday night.

1. Quick, clean start. Notre Dame is playing on the road, and it's coming off a six-point showing through three quarters at Pitt. BC isn't Pitt, and I expect the Irish to strike early and often while avoiding gaffes like the five first-quarter penalties they had last weekend.

2. Chase Rettig on the ground often. BC surrenders nearly two-and-a-half sacks per game. Notre Dame is coming off a five-sack performance against Pitt's Tino Sunseri in a game that was, by its defense's standards, subpar. That won't be the case two weeks in a row.

3. Everett Golson pulled ... late. The redshirt freshman likely earned himself some leeway with last week's bounce-back performance and should have another strong game this weekend. So strong, in fact, that the game will be out of hand and he will earn himself an early rest while Tommy Rees or Andrew Hendrix come in late.