Notre Dame is coming off an exceptional week offensively, coupled with a poor performance defensively. Nevertheless, a win is a win. The Irish will need to improve defensively next weekend as they take a trip to Miami to take on the undefeated Hurricanes. College GameDay will be at the game, and this has all the makings for an old time Catholics vs. Convicts matchup.
What you Need to Know
- Game Time: November 11th, 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
- Matchup: Notre Dame leads the all-time series 17-7-1 (Last Meeting 2016: Notre Dame won 30-27)
- Current Odds: Notre Dame -3.0
- GameDay Events: The Notre Dame Club of Miami will be hosting the Pep Rally at the Clevelander South Beach Hotel and Bar Friday Night at 7:30 pm. For more information visit http://miami.undclub.org/s/1210/clubs-classes/2col-grid4.aspx?gid=429&pgid=61
Game Day Weather
The current forecast calls for a high of 81 degrees with an overnight low in the 70’s. There is currently a 40% chance of rain on GameDay.
- Conference: ACC
- Head Coach: Mark Richt
- 2017 Record: 8-0
- 2016 Record: 9-4
Miami Peaking at Coming In. Miami is coming off an impressive 28-10 win against the Virginia Tech Hokies. This was the first real dominating win over a power 5 team all season for the Hurricanes. Just two weeks ago Miami only beat an awful North Carolina team by 5 points. The Hurricanes have been living on the edge all season, but under the lights last weekend they beat Virginia Tech easily.
The Hurricanes are led by quarterback Malik Rosier who has a 56% completion percentage, 19 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. Last weekend though Rosier threw 3 interceptions, something to keep an eye on as the Irish are always trying to force turnovers.
Another Mobile Quarterback. Rosier is also a major threat in the ground game. He has 82 rushes for 295 yards and 3 touchdowns. Last weekend, the Irish struggled with the running ability of Wake Forest’s quarterback John Wolford.
Sibling Rivalry. Another interesting storyline heading into this weekend is the matchup between brothers. Notre Dame running back Deon McIntosh will be facing his brother RJ McIntosh on the defensive line for Miami. RJ was the ACC Defensive Lineman of the week, two weeks ago against the North Carolina Tar Heels where he had 11 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and a pass breakup.
The Hurricanes will be looking to end a four game losing streak dating back to 1990 to the Irish. In recent memory they have lost the Sun Bowl, Shamrock Series game, and the game last year to a 4-8 Irish team.
Notre Dame Storylines:
Brian Kelly leads the Fighting Irish into Miami for the first time in almost 30 years. This game will be held at the Hard Rock Stadium, not the old Orange Bowl this time around. In order for the Irish to make the playoffs they need to secure a road win against a top 10 team for the first time in a years.
Notre Dame a Bit Banged Up. Most importantly Heisman candidate Josh Adams and quarterback Brandon Wimbush will be back for this weekend’s matchup. If Adams can have a monster game, this will go a long way towards his Heisman Campaign.
Defense Looking to Rebound. The Notre Dame Defense did not show up to play in the second half last week. The Irish gave up multiple rushing touchdowns, which ended their streak of only giving up 1 all season. They gave up 37 points to Wake Forest, 17 more points than they had given up all season.
Many factors contributed to this lapse. First of all, the Wake Forest hurry up offense had the Irish off their game. Secondly, the run pass options from the quarterback also presented another challenge for the Irish. However, the Irish were playing prevent in the second half, and gave Wake Forest a lot of easy options that they eventually capitalized on.
I expect the Irish Defense to take their frustrations out on Miami, who conversely will be looking to duplicate what Wake Forest accomplished.
Notre Dame Offense Still Rolling. The Irish Offense continues to be overpowering. Notre Dame had 710 yards of offense, almost setting a school record for the day. Again, the Irish need to be able to hit the long pass attempts to add another dimension to this offense. Last weekend, Wimbush was either slightly off his throws or the receivers let the footballs hit them in the chest. In order to beat the best of the best, this offense needs to start making those plays.
Head to Head Matchups:
Notre Dame Offense vs. Miami Defense – Advantage Notre Dame – Miami has a solid defense. They were swarming the Hokie Offense last weekend. They were able to force 4 turnovers in that game. However, the Irish have one of the best offenses in the entire country led by arguably the best line in the nation. Only one team has been able to stop the Irish rushing attack and that was the Georgia Bulldogs.
If the Miami Defense wants to stop the Irish, they first will need to stop the run. This will pave the way for Wimbush’s passing game or ability to run when the play breaks down. The Notre Dame Offense has the advantage in this matchup.
Miami Offense vs. Notre Dame Defense– Tie – The Notre Dame Defense had a slip up last weekend. This year the standard for is set high for the Irish. Although the defense has been playing well, there is no excuse for last weekend’s performance to happen again. I think the Irish will have a chip on their shoulder after giving up all the points they did last week.
Miami comes into this game with solid quarterback play and three talented running backs who all have at least 3 touchdowns. However, Miami hasn’t scored over 30 points since they played Duke 6 games ago. After last week’s performances by both teams, I give this matchup a tie.
Special Teams – Tie – Justin Yoon attempted three field goals last week, which I didn’t think I would be saying. He was 2 for 3 with the only miss being a long attempt from 50 yards. I feel comfortable with what Yoon brings to the table. His counterpart, Michael Badgley is 12 of 14 on the season, which is very solid.
CJ Sanders almost broke a kickoff for a touchdown last week, but beyond that his returners have been below mediocre. From a perfectionist standpoint, after his success the last two seasons I expected more out of him this year.
Notre Dame v. Miami Prediction
When was the last time the Irish beat a top ten team on the road? The last win that comes to mind is the 2012 Oklahoma game. I’m a little worried about our defense because of last week’s performance, but I think they will bounce back.
Miami presents a strong defense, which prides itself on creating turnovers. I think this game will be close throughout, especially since College GameDay will be on campus. This will likely be the loudest Hard Rock Stadium has been for a Hurricanes Football game this century.
But the Irish offensive line will wear down the Miami Defense. I have the Irish winning by 10
My Prediction: Notre Dame 31 Miami 21