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Defeating Boston College? Check

Victory over Eagles important for Notre Dame

Originally Published: October 24, 2009
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- These aren't the games that pull in the biggest ratings, that ignite the oddsmakers or even captivate their own fans to any great extreme.

Nope, all they do is make or break seasons, and prolong or doom coaching careers.

Saturday's 20-16 victory over Boston College was one of those games the Fighting Irish should have won and one of those games they usually don't. And on those grounds alone, it was important.

For reasons not always clear, ...

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