There’s an interesting game brewing in Winston-Salem, NC this week. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons (1-1) host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3-0) in what should be an entertaining game for college football fans. Can the Deacs shock the world and prove that the Leprechaun is protecting fool’s gold in his pot or will Notre Dame continue to roll?
Notre Dame looked impressive in the opening week by taking control of the game vs Michigan early, enroute to a victory. Since then they have looked less and less sharp each week, winning by 8 against Ball State and 5 vs Vanderbilt. That is not exactly murderer’s row of teams they have beaten. Notre Dame HAS beaten them all though and that’s what matters most.
Wake Forest cannot say the same as they are coming off of a loss to a top-25 team at home last week in a salty Boston College team. Wake squeaked by Tulane in week one and lost to BC in their only other game. Although they lost, the Deacons held BC RB Dillon to minimal yards and hopes to do the same against Notre Dame this week which will negate ND’s top offensive threat.
There is only one problem…Notre Dame is for real. First of all, the Irish rushing attack will not be slowed by Wake Forest. Secondly, ND returned 9 starters on defense so the Deacons will not be able to keep up with Notre Dame on the scoreboard. The spread has dropped all the way down to ND -6.5 which is too low for a matchup between these two teams. Notre Dame will win this game 35-26 and the score will climb past the number for the over. Either way, this game should be decided in the fourth and definitely be enjoyable to watch.