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Te'o, Irish not taking Boston College lightly


Te'o, Irish not taking Boston College lightly

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- After Saturday's skin-of-their-teeth win over Pittsburgh, Notre Dame players said they had learned their lesson. Despite what coach Brian Kelly described as a good week of preparation, Notre Dame wasn't ready for what Pitt threw at them on Saturday, which materialized into a 20-6 Panthers lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The lesson, then, became that Notre Dame feels they'll get their opponent's best every week from here on out. A few Notre Dame players said they were expecting Pitt's best leading up to last week's game, but this week, perhaps that talk will be put into action.

"They're a physical group," center Braxston Cave said of Boston College, which is 2-7. "They like to get after it, they're going to make you earn everything you get."

Tino Sunseri and Ray Graham looked excellent for Pittsburgh in the first 45 minutes of last Saturday's game -- in fact, Graham probably looked better than any offensive player has against Notre Dame all year. Boston College's strength isn't on the ground -- the Eagles rank 122nd out of 124 FBS teams in average rushing yards per game -- but the quarterback-receiver tandem of Chase Rettig and Alex Amidon has the potential to rack up yards if Notre Dame isn't careful.

"They just play Boston College football," linebacker Manti Te'o explained. "They spread it out, they run it when they have to, they have guys who do their jobs well. The quarterback slings the ball around pretty good, the receivers run nice routes and catch the ball."

But one thing Notre Dame has going for it heading into Boston is that the game isn't in South Bend. For whatever reason, Notre Dame has blown out opponents away from northern Indiana, but hasn't won a home game by more than one possession in five tries.

"It's understanding where we're at, understanding the terrain, knowing we're not at home and it's just a heightened sense of just knowing all we have is each other," Te'o said. "We've experienced a lot of success on the road so far, and we have to put in the work necessary to continue to be successful."

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites has plenty of great IHSA football playoff action from the semifinals on Saturday as NBC Sports Chicago has highlights of many of the area's top matchups. 

Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights. 

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This Week's Scores

Class 8A

Loyola Academy 17, Edwardsville 10

Lincoln-Way East 24, Maine South 14

Class 7A

Lake Zurich 14, Mount Carmel 7

Batavia 23, Benet Academy 13

Class 6A

Prairie Ridge 42, Hoffman Estates 21

Nazareth Academy 24, Providence Catholic 7

Class 5A

Phillips 27, Sterling 14

Dunlap 21, Washington 0

Class 4A

Morris 43, Raby 8

Rochester 31, Highland 14

Class 3A

IC Catholic 7, Byron 0

Pleasant Plains 41, Anna-Jonesboro 2

Class 2A

Gibson City 14, Newman Central Catholic 8

Maroa-Forsyth 25, Shelbyville 14

Class 1A

Tuscola 21, Athens 14

Lena-Winslow 12, Forreston 8


NBCSPreps Boys Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

NBCSPreps Boys Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

The 2017-18 IHSA boys basketball season has a lot of talented teams in the Chicagoland area. See who made the preseason top 25, headlined by five Public League powerhouses.

No. 1 Morgan Park

No. 2 Whitney Young

No. 3 Simeon

No. 4 Orr

No. 5 Curie

No. 6 Fenwick

No. 7 Bolingbrook

No. 8 Waukegan

No. 9 Niles North

No. 10 Uplift

No. 11 Romeoville

No. 12 Hinsdale South

No. 13 West Aurora

No. 14 Larkin

No. 15 St. Rita

No. 16 OPRF

No. 17 St. Charles East

No. 18 Kenwood

No. 19 Willowbrook

No. 20 Bloom

No. 21 Evanston

No. 22 Lake Zurich

No. 23 Proviso East

No. 24 Lincoln-Way East

No. 25 Libertyville