That was some of the worst football I’ve ever watched. Honestly, that’s the only way to put it. I sent a text to the N2K group chat last night that had two takeaways: BC’s defense does not get nearly enough national attention for how good they are, and their offense is even worse than advertised. Obviously winning by 3 points to a bad team (despite their efforts, which were good, let’s not play games. They’re a bad team.) isn’t ever what you want. But for 60 minutes I sat there cussing more than Coach Addazio did on the sideline.
DeShone Kizer looked like a redshirt freshman for the first time all season long. His interceptions were all products of bad reads, bad decisions, and bad throws. All were forced by pressure. Two of them were literally some of the most gift-wrapped interceptions I’ve seen in my entire life. CJ Prosise suffered an ugly ankle injury that left him on crutches. I haven’t really seen any official reports, but to my naked, non-medically educated eye, he’s done for the year. That along with his shoulder injury is just too much. But even before that, it’s not like he was lighting it up. His runs were either hit or miss, simple as that. Not to mention, he lost one (almost two) fumble(s). Will Fuller was non existent until the third quarter, and while he did get his catches and his yards, he wasn’t that much of an impact. He dropped a few, which comes with any wide receiver. But the ones he dropped? Terrible. Absolutely terrible.
As for the defense, I thought they looked good. It definitely helps that BC is utterly inept in calling offensive plays. But either way, they were in the backfield a lot, they were stopping guys at the line, and they weren’t allowing significant yards after the catch. I’d rather not see guys like Jeff Smith (who is FAST) take off for 80 yard touchdowns and not be touched, but that was the only breakdown they had defensively. Scratch that play, and BC got 222 yards of total offense. Considering how much their defense forced the Irish off the field, I’ll take those totals.
There is good, however. Chris Brown’s touchdown catch was awesome, very reminiscent of Randy Moss. Him and Amir Carlisle really torched their defense, with 6 catches, 104 yards and 7 catches for 97 yards respectively. Even on his worst night, it was good to see that Kizer was still throwing for over 300 yards, and still making a few good throws. They still picked up 447 total yards, so they were moving the chains. Obviously you don’t want to see 5 turnovers ever, but it’s definitely better than having 5 turnovers AND not being able to move the ball.
In the end, they’re still very much in the playoff picture. I was having this conversation with my friend Fitz last night. Ohio State and Oklahoma State both losing helps immensely. A Big 10 team should make the playoff, but quite frankly, that’s not a complete given. Iowa gets utterly disrespected consistently by the committee, but you can’t say style points matter for teams like Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Michigan State but not for Iowa. They just don’t put up sexy numbers. The Big XII beats up on each other badly; I’m with Kevin in thinking that Oklahoma is the best team that they have to offer. They’ve definitely been rolling as of late, but will that loss to Texas come back to haunt them? It remains to be seen, but my honest guess is yes. If the Irish beat Stanford at Stanford, I just don’t see both a Big XII team and a Big 10 team making it; only one or the other. I could be wrong for sure, but I don’t think any programs remaining in the mix have the bias that ND will on the committee. Fair? Maybe not. But I’m over it. ND played their worst game of the season by far and still caught some Irish good luck falling in their favor.
 That was really corny, I’m sorry. I just couldn’t resist. Like seriously, the pun was right there for the taking.