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Notre Dame vs. Syracuse Game Preview & Fearless Prediction

Check out the Notre Dame vs. Syracuse fearless prediction and game preview.

Notre Dame (1-3) vs. Syracuse (2-2) Game Preview


Date: Saturday, Oct. 1
Game Time: 12:00 pm
Venue: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Network: ESPN

Why Notre Dame Will Win

It’s the first game of the rest of Notre Dame’s life.

Losing to Texas and Michigan State stunk, but okay. Lose to Duke, and people get fired.

Brian Kelly called out himself, his coaches, his players, and everyone but the long snapper, and now it had all better work. Lose to Syracuse, and Notre Dame becomes the really big story next week no matter what else happens.

The offense is fine. The running game might not be working well enough behind the NFL talent on the line, and there might be too many turnovers, but DeShone Kizer is moving the ball.

Syracuse might have a fun passing game, but the defense is giving up yards in chunks no matter what Notre Dame wants to do. The Orange secondary wins a few battles, but it allows way too many yards, and the front seven has to get ready for the hammer.

The Irish will come out with an attitude, and Syracuse won’t be able to handle it defensively.

Why Syracuse Will Win

Notre Dame, get ready to get bombed on.

For all the problems Brian Kelly alluded to in his post-Duke press conference, there’s one side to the puzzle that hasn’t been talked about enough – the secondary was depleted for a variety of reasons, and it shows.

Everyone’s been able to throw at will on the Irish with all four teams throwing for over 200 yards with Duke’s Daniel Jones all of a sudden becoming Aaron Rodgers last week in the shocking upset.

Eric Dungey has been the biggest bright spot in the upgraded Syracuse offense, throwing for 350 yards or more against everyone but Louisville, hitting Connecticut for over 400 yards with two scores last week in a big win. No matter how all this plays out, the Orange will get their yards.

What’s Going To Happen?

Syracuse will make this a whole lot of fun.

Notre Dame will win with a balanced, focused, intense effort, but the Orange won’t go away with Dungey throwing at will.

Will the Kelly tirade and will all the drama work? Not really – Notre Dame will simply be better.

Notre Dame vs. Syracuse Prediction

Final Score: Notre Dame 41, Syracuse 23

Line: Notre Dame -11, o/u: 73.5

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