Wednesday, November 13, 2013

BC vs Notre a Bowl!

Want to make BC fans care about a lower-level bowl? Easy solution: just add the Irish. As Brian pointed out in his projections roundup many of the pundits are slotting BC to play Notre Dame in the Independence Bowl. (Obviously this is all predicated on BC becoming bowl eligible.) If BC wants to cap off its first year under Addazio, the best way to do it would be in a postseason game against Notre Dame.

There are multiple perception problems with the bowls BC typically plays. The destination, the history and the dates are usually undesirable. But the bigger issue for most of our casual fans is the opponent. For every Georgia or USC we played, BC also ended up in games against Colorado State and Toledo. If you play Notre Dame, that is not a problem. Good or bad, the Irish are instant credibility to the typical BC alum and the local media.

When we were good, I bemoaned the Irish-obsession among the casual fans. Now that we're hopefully back on the upswing and still playing in less than capacity home games, I welcome any and all interest BC can get. I think we match up well against Notre Dame this year too. There offense is error-prone and they can be run on. It would probably be a low-scoring slugfest.

Even the most optimistic BC fan will admit a game against Notre Dame in Shreveport on New Year's Eve won't draw many BC fans. But it will do really well in the ratings. Attendance is fairly consistent for the game, so maybe they don't need BC to travel. If ESPN is pushing things as they typically do, a BC-Notre Dame game will be perfect.

The Virginia Tech win was nice and for now serves as Addazio's signature win at BC. We don't need a name-brand opponent to validate this year. But starting a new bowl streak in a new era against our favorite opponent would be a nice way to end 2013.

For those true nuts, here is video of the BC vs Notre Dame in the 1983 Liberty Bowl.


Brett said...

I think bowl promoters know that ND would sell out the entire stadium regardless of who they play. And this would be a HUGE TV draw. I like it.

eagleboston said...

I would seriously consider traveling to this bowl game.

Big Jack Krack said...

The bowl game pictured may have been the coldest bowl game ever played. It was about 11 degrees with a wind chill factor of zero.