Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest Preview: Trap Game 1 of 2

What a week to be a part of the ND faithful huh? The first college football playoff rankings came out and despite being 5th in the AP Poll, the College Football Playoff Committee seemed the Irish deserving of the 3rd spot in the playoff behind ‘Bama and Georgia, and realistically one Justin Yoon missed field goal away from being first.

Not only that,  but Josh Adams continued to climb the Heisman rankings (#33Trucking), and Vegas even has Wimbush on their short list now going off at 100-1 odds to win the Heisman.

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All of this combined makes this the PERFECT opportunity for a let down game at home against Wake Forest. It’s a normal 3:30 start, Wake Forest is coming in unranked but sneaky good, with a big win against Lamar Jackson and Louisville last week.

Additionally, Elko used to be the defensive coordinator for the Demon Deacons, so this offense knows his scheme. They’ve no doubt had this game circled on their schedule all year and will be amped up to play in South Bend. Could this be like the Pitt game of 2012 that gave all of us a heart attack?

Ultimately….no. While the offense is familiar with Elko’s defensive scheme, the same argument works in favor of Notre Dame. I’m sure we’ll see some trick plays from this WF offense today, but as a whole this defense has been dominant and should continue to be today.

The bottom line is whether ND haters want to admit it or not, this year’s team is one of the most athletic in the country. They’re skilled on defense, fast on offense, and overall way more talented than everyone else they play against (minus UGA). This will prove true today, and the Irish will head to Miami 8-1.

Notre Dame: 45 Wake Forest: 20

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