MICHIGAN AT NOTRE DAME- SEPTEMBER 1
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BALL STATE AT NOTRE DAME- SEPTEMBER 8
I don’t expect much out of Ball State here. Expect the Irish to run circles around them and have the back ups in by the middle of the third quarter. Games like this are always good to see some of the younger players get on the field and build some experience. Specifically look to see Phil Jurkovec get some playing time here. With the new red shirt rule allowing him to play in four games and still redshirt his freshman season. This game should be his first time on the field. I expect the Irish to win convincingly and even on the heels of Michigan, this doesn’t feel like a trap game.
NOTRE DAME 42 – BALL STATE 17
VANDERBILT AT NOTRE DAME – SEPTEMBER 15
This game has a little bit more interest for the Notre Dame fan base, Head coach of Vanderbilt, Derek Mason said he “does not worry about going to South Bend” at the SEC media day. Coach Mason referred to playing SEC teams each week as more than enough preparation for their week 3 match-up. There’s a difference between playing in the SEC and competing in the SEC. With an impressive record of 18-31 at Vanderbilt, He is a glorified FCS team. Giving Notre Dame added motivation at home is what helps you add to the loss column, no less when you’re an inferior team.
NOTRE DAME 38 – VANDY 10
NOTRE DAME AT WAKE FOREST- SEPTEMBER 22
Wake Forest falls into the same category as the two previous teams talent wise. They have more talent than Ball State but it isn’t an impressive amount. The best thing going for Wake Forest is having some experience along the defensive line. The defense as a whole should have some talent, just not enough to stop the Irish. These two have squared off three times, all in the Brian Kelly era. The Irish are 3-0 with only one close game coming in 2011. Expect this one to be a little bit closer, but not much.
NOTRE DAME 31 – WAKE FOREST 14
STANFORD AT NOTRE DAME- SEPTEMBER 29
A game that has been dominated by the home team in recent memory. Stanford comes to Notre Dame this season to what should be, as always, a great game. Bryce Love will power this Stanford offense again. The Heisman finalist from last year might be the face of the best offense in Palo Alto since Andrew Luck, but QB K.J. Costello shouldn’t be slept on either. The QB has two solid pass catchers in JJ Arcega-Whiteside and TE Kaden Smith. The Cardinal defense is weaker than it has been in recent years, especially in the secondary. If Wimbush can stay consistent and grow from last year he could have a good passing day. The home team since 2011 has gone 6-1. for that reason I’m giving this game to the home team as they’re both evenly matched.
NOTRE DAME 24 – STANFORD 21
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