Notre Dame 48, Wake Forest 37: What It Means For The College Football Playoff
The stars were banged up, but Notre Dame got by Wake Forest in a firefight. What does it all mean for the College Football Playoff race?
Final Score: Notre Dame 48, Wake Forest 37
Prediction: Notre Dame 30, Wake Forest 14
Line: Notre Dame -14, o/u: 55
The Irish defense took a hit.
The offense has been amazing all season long, but it was the defense that was the unsung star along the way against USC, Michigan State and NC State. But Wake Forest cranked it up with close to 600 yards of total offense, making it much, much closer than it should’ve been.
Of course, the Notre Dame offense provided the cushion with yet another big first half. The running game averaged more than eight yards per carry, there was always an answer when needed, and the 710 yards of total O overcame the defensive issues.
How healthy are the stars? Brandon Wimbush was out for a while with a hand injury, but he threw for 280 yards nod a score, and led the team with 110 yards and two touchdowns. Ian Book stepped in for a little bit and hit all eight of his throws, guiding the way on a key long scoring drive late in the first half.
Josh Adams, though, was hit with an apparent concussion and finished with just 22 yards on five carries. The rest of the offense more than made up for his absence.
What Does It All Mean For The College Football Playoff Race?
It was a great day for the Irish.
With Michigan State beating Ohio State, now the win over the Spartans is going to look better to the committee. Georgia won, too, making the one loss not seem so awful.
NC State was solid against Clemson – making that win look better – and with all of the Big Ten East issues, the path is becoming clearer.
It’s still not a sure thing for the Irish to get in at 11-1, but they need at least two, two-loss Power 5 champions. That’s looking more and more possible now.
The guess will be another top three ranking in the next go-round on Tuesday night. But as the season goes on, the injuries in the backfield will be a consideration.