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Notre Dame vs Georgia Tech: Preview and Predictions

by Vinay Kumar

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are set to meet on Saturday, September 2 at 12:00 ET for their first meeting of the season. This game will be televised by ABC with Joe Tessitore and Todd Blackledge handling commentary duties. The Fighting Irish are coming off a huge victory against Michigan but still have questions as to whether they can replace their quarterback while also relying heavily on Ian Book this year.

Georgia Tech is coming off a close loss against Clemson that ended up being more lopsided than it looked early in the game because of turnovers late in the contest, but has plenty of reasons for optimism that includes Justin Thomas’ return under center after not playing last week due to injury.

This matchup will not be easy for Notre Dame. They are breaking in a new quarterback with Book despite having won three straight games against ranked opponents, and lost their best defender last week to injury when Julian Love was taken out of the game after being hit on a pass play by Michigan’s Josh Metellus.

Notre Dame and Georgia Tech will face off on Saturday, November 11th.

Notre Dame University is one of the most storied programs in college football history with eleven national championships to their name. They are known as a team that has always been tough against opponents run heavy schemes because they have an excellent defense that ranks first nationally in total yards allowed per game (254). The Irish also rank third in rushing yards allowed per contest (76) which should serve them well when facing a triple-option offense like Georgia Tech’s. Notre Dame does not rate highly against passing attacks though so Josh Lovell may be able to take advantage by throwing for over 200 yards on Saturday evening.*

If you’re betting on this matchup, make sure to put your money on Notre Dame with a spread of -14.

Josh Lovell has thrown for 262 yards in the last three games and ranks second-best nationally in adjusted QBR (169) behind only Tua Tagovailoa.

Georgia Tech is not exactly an offensive juggernaut but they are capable of putting up enough points to keep it close if their defense can limit Notre Dame’s offense.*Their passing game, however, leaves much room for improvement ranking 124th out of 130 programs nationwide.*Quarterback TaQuon Marshall had more interceptions than touchdowns this year despite having one of the better stats among his position so far this season*.

The Yellow Jackets’ rushing attack should be able to get some yard age against Notre Dame, which ranks 112th in the country with an average of 178.25 yards allowed on the ground per game

Josh Lovell has thrown for 262 yards in the last three games and ranks second-best nationally in adjusted QBR (169) behind only Tua Tagovailoa.*Georgia Tech is not exactly an offensive juggernaut but they are capable of putting up enough points to keep it close if their defense can limit Notre Dame’s offense.*Their passing game, however, leaves much room for improvement ranking 124th out of 130 programs nationwide.*Quarterback TaQuon Marshall had more interceptions than touchdowns this year despite having one of the better stats among his position so far this season*.

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