Notre Dame vs. Temple Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Notre Dame vs. Temple fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 2nd
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, IN
Notre Dame (0-0) vs. Temple (0-0) Game Preview
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly isn’t having a good time.
From complaining about fund raising duties taking him away from coaching, to DeShone Kiser’s rise into what looks like a potentially great NFL career – I told you he was the No. 1 QB and should’ve been the top pick – to all the hot seat/job status speculation, Kelly needs a big season.
A really, really big season.
Looks matter right now. With Georgia up next followed up by three road games in four weeks – and then dealing with USC – along with road games at Miami and Stanford late in the year, Kelly’s Irish need to bounce back from the 4-8 2016 clunker in a big hurry.
Meanwhile, Temple is looking to rebuild after an American Athletic Conference championship run under Matt Rhule, and then he bolted for Baylor.
The Owls didn’t just lose their head coach, they lost a whole slew of the key parts from the team that was so, so good.
It’s this simple. If Temple wins this, new head coach Geoff Collins will be the toast of college football. If Notre Dame loses, then it’s probably buyout time for Kelly.
However, what’s more likely, Notre Dame’s new high-powered offensive style could be a thing to watch right out of the gate.
At least that’s what Irish fans are hoping for.
One Reason Why Temple Will Win
The defense is still going to be really, really good.
The Owls finished third in the nation in total defense and 11th in scoring D, but it lost star pass rusher Haason Reddick and other key parts up front.
It’s going to take a little while to crank up the pass rush again, but there’s hope for a few defenders who got hurt last season to be back and ready to rock. There’s now a good system in place for good defenders – the coaching change isn’t going to matter all the tmuch.
The secondary is going to be fantastic, starting with a tough group of safeties who can do a little of everything right. Considering the Irish will push the attack to a faster tempo, and considering it’ll have to throw to open this up, the Owls will win their share of battles.
One Reason Why Notre Dame Will Win
This isn’t going to be your 2016 Notre Dame Fighting Irish offense.
For whatever reason, it just didn’t click between Kiser and Kelly last season. It was a rough year of play-calling, and Kelly did an awful job – see the NC State game – of managing the moments and feeling the game.
But now, with Chip Long taking over the offense and the main duties, the Irish are going to go fast, fast, fast – and QB Brandon Wimbush might just be the right guy to run it.
Working behind a fantastic line anchored by NFL blockers Mike McGlinchey and Quenton Nelson, and with almost all of the receiving weapons back, the offense is about to explode.
Yes, Temple’s defense might be good. It probably won’t matter in the opener.
What’s Going To Happen
Now this is the Notre Dame you were hoping and waiting for.
The Kelly era is just weird enough that the Irish could just go from shockingly mediocre to amazing in a snap, and bringing about Long might just be that difference.
Wimbush will need a few drives to get going, and then he’s going to look the part – get ready for the buzz about him to be deafening.
Notre Dame vs. Temple Prediction
Notre Dame 31, Temple 16
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