From the start it was clear to see that Syracuse was outmatched. The Fighting Irish (11-0) came in against a high flying No. 12 Syracuse team in Yankee Stadium and handled business from the jump.
The biggest issue against Syracuse was going to be how Notre Dame would handle a potent rushing attack. As a team, Syracuse had scored 32 rushing touchdowns and have multiple people that can hurt you on the ground. The Fighting Irish responded by holding Syracuse to 119 yards and a mere 3.1 yards per carry.
With the injury to Syracuse QB Eric Dungey, the Orange offense was never able to find it’s footing. Back Tommy DeVito tried his best but Notre Dame was pressuring early and often. With six sacks, two interceptions and shutting down the run game, there wasn’t much that Syracuse could do.
On a national stage in Yankee Stadium, Notre Dame showed everyone they belong despite the criticism they face. Say what you will about Syracuse but this is a talented team that belonged in the top 15. They were simply outmatched and couldn’t compete with one of the best teams in the country.
Michigan Loses Ground
Michigan took on the Indiana Hoosiers (5-6) at Michigan Stadium and came out on top 31-20. They suffered an injury to star defensive end, Chase Winovich but the early results seem to clear him of a major injury.
This was a game that the Michigan defense struggled by their standards and the offense was just average. With all of the hype surrounding Michigan and the analysts claiming Michigan is better then Notre Dame, this was a great week.
Notre Dame has been criticized for a close win against Pitt and not putting teams away like the Clemson’s and Alabama’s of the World. They now have a blowout win on a big stage against a top 15 ranked team. Michigan struggled to put away a bad Indiana team and was even trailing at halftime.
Some may scoff at Syracuse being a good win, but Notre Dame just solidified their ticket to the playoff with a win next week. While Michigan would only need to win out to make the playoff, the discussion is over. Notre Dame is a win away from their first playoff berth and Michigan won’t be ahead of Notre Dame any time soon.
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