Te'o, Irish not taking Boston College lightly

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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."

Rangers win riveting goaltending duel over Blackhawks in overtime

Rangers win riveting goaltending duel over Blackhawks in overtime

Antti Raanta stopped all 26 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season and Nick Holden netted the winner as the New York Rangers beat the Blackhawks 1-0 in overtime on Friday night.

The Blackhawks, playing without Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford, are now 1-2-1 in their last four games. Nevertheless, they remain atop the Western Conference with 38 points.

Scott Darling stopped 36 of 37 shots in the loss.

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Two seasons ago Darling and Raanta battled for the Blackhawks’ backup spot. Friday marked their first head-to-head matchup, and it was stellar.

The Blackhawks thought they broke the scoreless tie six minutes into the third period, when Marian Hossa got one past Raanta. But the Rangers challenged for offside and officials agreed, nullifying the goal.

Blackhawks preparing for EPIX all-access look leading up to Winter Classic

Blackhawks preparing for EPIX all-access look leading up to Winter Classic

The 2017 Winter Classic featuring the Blackhawks and Blues is right around the corner.

Players from both sides already squared off in a game of NHL 17 to generate some hype into the game, but nothing compares to behind-the-scenes footage of the two teams leading up to it.

Beginning Dec. 16 at 9 p.m., EPIX will air a one-hour episode each week that provides an all-access look inside the lives of the Blackhawks and Blues, on and off the ice.

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The game will be on Jan. 2 at 12 p.m. on NBC, with the final episode airing Friday, Jan. 6.

Here's a two-minute preview involving the Blackhawks, who are labeled "A Good Bunch of Guys."