Now that we have gone around the Southeastern Conference and the nation picking this week's games of interest against the spread, it's time to identify this week's National Game of Disinterest. I generated a little controversy with last week's pick(s), so let me clarify: the National Game of Interest isn't necessarily the game played by the worst teams. (Indeed, we pick Ole Miss's and Kentucky's games every week as part of our SEC slate.) Rather, this is the game about which even the most rabid college football fanatic will struggle to care unless his team just happens to be a participant. This week, I'm sure we can all agree that we don't care about...
Boston College Eagles at Notre Dame Fightin' Irish
I considered eliminating Notre Dame from consideration because it seemed too easy, but let's be honest: we all love to hate the Irish. Heck, they even played one of the more entertaining games of the season against Michigan a few weeks back. But despite entering the season looking like they had a chance to justify their perennial hype, they stumbled right out of the gate with back-to-back losses and have struggled to get to 7-3 due to enough red zone turnovers to make our 2010 running backs look sure-handed by comparison. Boston College's mirror image record (3-7) isn't even as good as it might seem. Two years after deciding to fire a coach because he was good enough to have interest from an NFL team, the Eagles are stuck in the middle of an abysmal lost season. It's hard to imagine anyone outside of South Bend tuning in for this one.
Even if I cared about either of these teams, though, I still wouldn't watch this game for one simple reason: It's being aired on NBC, the network that decided to drop Community midseason after renewing Whitney. Seriously, NBC? Seriously? It's going to be a minute before I can watch anything on this network in good conscience.