Statement game for BC

Chips planted on shoulders, Eagles amped for rivalry game against Irish

Updated: October 23, 2009, 6:12 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

CHESTNUT HILL -- There's a palpable excitement in their voices as members of the Boston College football team talk about Saturday's matchup against Notre Dame, the type of energy most teams reserve for a key conference clash.

The Eagles have never been bashful about admitting that they likely get up for this game more than any Atlantic Coast Conference clash or even a postseason bowl game. Sprinkle in the fact that this year's game will be played in South Bend, Ind., and that only ...

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