The most expensive and one of the biggest games in college football is happening next week in Athens, GA between #3 Georgia and #7 Notre Dame. Here is what you should know about each team in advance of this powerhouse matchup.
Rational Non-Bias View:
What happens when a top five Power-5 rushing offense meets a bottom five Power-5 rushing defense? We’ll find out this week when De’Andre Swift and his monstrous o-line take on the young, inexperienced Irish defensive front. Odds are the Bulldogs will run right over the Irish while controlling the game. In addition, Notre Dame’s offense will play without their RB1 in Jafar Armstrong (groin), WR2 Michael Young (collarbone), WR3 Kevin Austin (suspension), and have a limited TE1 in Cole Kmet (collarbone). Why should anyone expect Notre Dame to be able to put up enough points on the road to win against a top three team? If I wasn’t a Notre Dame fan, I’d probably hammer Georgia -12.5. It’s no secret the Irish haven’t performed well in big games away from home under Brian Kelly (vs Alabama 2012, @ Miami 2017, vs Clemson 2018), so why should this be any different? The good thing is, I am a Notre Dame fan and this game will 1000% be different.
The Correct View:
Did you see Notre Dame last week? The Irish put up 66 points and Ian Book had six total touchdowns. Notre Dame needs to put up a lot of points next week to win, and with a solid o-line and a quality QB in Ian Book, they can do that. In addition, the Irish might have something in WR Javon McKinley. He had two touchdowns this past week and looks like he could be a solution to the problem at outside receiver. With UGA having issues at receiver after losing their three best wide-outs from last season and three other rotational guys this year, Notre Dame should stack the box against Swift. If somehow Notre Dame can slow down the run, then MAYBE the Irish have a fighting chance, and that’s all they need.
Ian Book get’s himself into Heisman contention on the way to a 38-35 Notre Dame win in Sanford Stadium.