Notre Dame vs. NC State Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Notre Dame vs. NC State fearless prediction and game preview.
Notre Dame (6-1) vs. NC State (6-1) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 28th
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN
So, who wants to be in the College Football Playoff chase?
It took a 49-14 blasting of USC to get the world to finally wake up and realize that Notre Dame is pretty good this year at the college football thing. Forget that they battled Georgia hard in a 20-19 loss, and blow off that they dominated Michigan State 38-18 in East Lansing – there just hasn’t been enough love.
And now it’s starting to come.
But can the Irish really be a factor in hunt for the national title? The remaining schedule might seem too daunting, but if a team can do that to USC, then it should be able to handle Wake Forest, a shakier-than-the-record Miami, Navy, and Stanford.
And an NC State team that has CFP aspirations of its own.
The Wolfpack got the wins over Florida State and Louisville needed to be in the dead-center of the ACC title chase, but the real showdown is next week when Clemson comes to Raleigh.
Beat Notre Dame, and even with road games against Boston College and Wake Forest still to deal with, next week’s Atlantic battle will be a gigantic deal in the playoff rankings. Lose to the Irish, and the ACC will all of a sudden get out its Clemson pom-poms – a two-loss NC State team won’t get into the CFP, even if it wins the ACC title.
Just the third time these two programs have played, NC State is 2-0, winning your 2003 Gator Bowl, and taking down the Irish last year 10-3 in a monsoon.
One Reason Why NC State Will Win
Okay, NC State run defense. Let’s see what you’ve got.
The Wolfpack have had two weeks to rest of and get ready for the Irish ground game that’s hitting home run after home run.
It’ll be NFL-on-NFL whenever the Irish linemen Mike McGlinchey and Quenton Nelson get to deal with Bradley Chubb, who looked like he was ready for a two-week break after the last few games.
The Wolfpack run defense held Lamar Jackson and Louisville to just 116 rushing yards, and is giving up just three yards per carry on the year.
And it’s not just Chubb.
The entire State defensive front is doing a great job of getting behind the line, and Jerod Fernandez and the linebacking corps are containing everything else.
The Pack haven’t faced a ground game like this one, they’re equipped to keep the Irish from blasting away.
One Reason Why Notre Dame Will Win
Along with Notre Dame introducing itself to the nation again, everyone got a chance to see what Josh Adams and Brandon Wimbush can do.
Now, all of a sudden, Adams is in the Heisman hunt after running for 191 yards and three scores against the Trojans. He can’t and won’t win it – he was stuffed by Georgia and Michigan State – but with his blend of size, speed and pop, he’s a nightmare of a back to handle when he gets a little bit of room to move.
Wimbush isn’t exactly Tom Brady as a passer, but he threw two touchdown passes against USC – helped out in a big way by his receivers – to take over the game early, and added 106 yards and two rushing scores of his own.
These two are devastating in the open field, and they’re getting the holes thanks to McGlinchey, Nelson, and a line that’s paving the way for 318 yards per game.
Yeah, NC State has a nasty run defense, but so does Michigan State, and the Irish were able to get by.
What’s Going To Happen
Don’t forget about the Notre Dame defense.
The running game is getting all the headlines and it’s showing off the flash, but the defense has been a killer, too, when it comes to taking the ball away, generating a pass rush, and doing its part to hold up its end of the bargain.
Wimbush and Adams will have a hard time getting going, but so will the NC State offense that’s been so efficient and effective.
The Irish are doing just about everything right, but so are the Wolfpack. At home, though, Notre Dame will get through in a grind – the D will rise up to make up for the O that’ll stall too often.
Notre Dame vs. NC State Prediction
Notre Dame 27, NC State 20
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