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Notre Dame football predictions: Where does our staff see the game going

Updated: Oct 4, 2022

Tommy Cullen - 9/3/2022

Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer adjusts his helmet during the Notre Dame Spring game. Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

 

As we inch closer and closer to kickoff the anticipation grows and grows. This is the match up every single College Football fan has waited for. It is not often that we are gifted with a week 1 top 5 game. This is the case this year as number 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish and number 2 The Ohio State Buckeyes face off at 7:30 PM at "The Shoe" in Columbus, Ohio.


Traveling to Ohio State will obviously be a challenge for the Irish. Notre Dame opens has 17.5 point underdogs. The question is, are they being disrespected. The Irish will be starting Sophomore Tyler Buchner at quarterback. Many are saying the Irish can exploit Ohio States run defense in maybe a triple option type offense. It will all come down to the performance on the field tonight.

 

Notre Dame Prime - ND 36, OSU 34


I think the reason we’re going to win is mentality, and it may sound corny but I believe we have the advantage over OSU. Freeman has brought in a new culture, attitude, and mindset to this program that we didn’t have under Kelly. We have a top 10, even top 5 coaching staff in my opinion. I think our O-line is going to play like the number 1 O-line in the country, our running backs are going to keep hitting their defense in the mouth. Tyler Buchner will over perform. And Lorenzo Styles and Mayer are going to ball out as well.


Haven’t even talked about the defense yet. Our biggest question is going to be at cornerback but I think we will not be giving up huge plays as we have an elite safety run lead by Brandon Joseph, we didn’t downgrade at safety. I think we may give up a lot of 10+ yard catches but I don’t think we’re giving up bigger plays. Our D-line is going to overpower OSU’s O-line and I think we minimize their run.

 

Irish HQ - ND 31, OSU 41


I think it’ll be close throughout but I think Ohio State will have the lead for most of the game. Ohio State has the huge weapon in C.J. Stroud who will have late game heroics with deep passes to Smith-Njigba. Notre Dame's defense will be able to stop the OSU run game and TreyVeyon Henderson. It just all comes down to the late game plays.

 

ND Insider - ND 34, OSU 45


lets keep is short and sweet; I think it’ll be a close game going into the 4th quarter but OSU’s offensive firepower will just be too much in the final 15 mins

 

God, Country, Irish - ND 38, OSU 45


As much as I believe Marcus Freeman has this Notre Dame program on the right path moving forward, this is a tall task for a first time head coach. Could they win? Sure, but Ryan Day has more experience playing in these types of games and it is at Ohio State. If Notre Dame is going to win this game, 1. Tyler Buchner has to be the dynamic playmaker we think he can be; 2. The Defense has to get pressure on CJ Stroud; 3. The Offensive Line has to control the line of scrimmage and assert its dominance over Ohio State. They will be the tone setters for this game. Either way, I think we are going to see a much more dynamic Irish offense and it will be fun to watch this team grow this year. Go Irish!

 

Irish Culture - ND 38, Osu 31


I'm not going to bore you with stats explaining why Notre Dame will have the upper hand, I'm going to keep this short. Marcus Freeman. Go Irish!

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