The Notre Dame Fighting Irish may be 2-0 and ranked in the Top 10 in the land, but when the loss of Malik Zaire for the summer season turns out to be devastating, this game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets might be the beginning of their end.
The offensive numbers right now for the Ramblin’ Wreck look gaudy for a reason. Ole Miss’ numbers are inflated because of the defenses they’ve run facing Georgia Tech that has racked up literally almost 1,000 rushing yards in two games because it’s played against Alcorn State and Tulane.
Nevertheless, Paul Johnson knows what it takes to beat this Notre Dame team; he’s done it before at Navy, and he features a more talented team around him now than he ever endured when coaching the Middies.
Justin Thomas can throw the ball a bit, and we suspect he’s going to place the pill in the air several more times than we have seen in 2014 in this one. Marcus Marshall and Patrick Skov should both get their yards and their touches, and that’s going to place a very good Notre Dame defense back on its heels a bit.
If the Fighting Irish are showing gap containment in early stages in this game, live bettors can back them with ease or play the under. If not and Thomas is picking his way through this defense down after down, there’s reason to panic if you’re backing the boys from South Bend.
For all of the talk that Kizer isn’t planning to be anywhere as effective as Zaire, let’s understand that everyone also stated that Zaire wasn’t planning to be anywhere near as effective as Everett Golson either, and the Irish did just fine.
In reality, Notre Dame has played seven of its last eight games over the total.
The clock will probably run a lot in this game with every one of the runs, but anyone who has watched either of the teams play knows precisely how quickly those runs become touchdowns when opposing defenses aren’t at their best.
Even though this total has dropped from 59 to 54.5, the over is most definitely still in play for live bettors.