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BC ready for 'big-league' challenge

Boston College coach Frank Spaziani is well aware of the challenge his team faces when the Eagles (2-7) play host to No. 4 Notre Dame (9-0) at 8 p.m. Saturday.

"What I see is a big task ahead and a big-league football team that is certainly a national title contender that has all the pieces," Spaziani said during his Sunday teleconference. "They are well coached, and they have a lot of very good players."

The game will be nationally televised on ABC, and the Irish, who survived a scare from Pittsburgh with a triple-overtime win Saturday, come into the game still in the national championship game picture.

Spaziani will use the national stage and the chance to spoil a rival's season to motivate his team.

"We use everything that we possibly can," Spaziani said. "There are a lot of obvious things."

What he won't use is last year's game to inspire his team this weekend, even though the Eagles played the Irish close in a 16-14 loss in Notre Dame Stadium.

"That was a different (Notre Dame) football team, and we are certainly a different football team. I think the guys that played in the game have that experience, but it is two different teams," Spaziani said.

"Their defense has improved. A lot of good players last year, and I think they have improved on what they had last year. I think they have added another ingredient under center (with quarterback Everett Golson), and I think that gives them another dimension."

Spaziani also said Boston College's top running back Andre Williams (599 rushing yards, 4 TDs) is being evaluated after he left Saturday's 28-14 loss to Wake Forest with an abdominal injury, and that receiver Colin Larmond, who was suspended, rejoined the team on Sunday.