Notre Dame Will Need The Luck Of The Irish On The Road At Georgia
By: Tony Thomas
September 17, 2019
Notre Dame vs Georgia, Part II kicks off this Saturday between the hedges in Athens. This is the marquee game of Week 4 and will have a definite impact on the college football playoff picture.
The Bulldogs were able to squeak by with a 20-19 victory in South Bend two years ago, and it was an ugly game.
In that game, both teams committed 2 turnovers each and Georgia racked up 12 penalties for 127 yards. QB Jake Fromm was held to less than 200 yards passing, throwing for a TD and an INT. RB Nick Chubb and Sony Michel were both held below 100 yards rushing, although Michel did score a TD on the ground.
The Georgia defense was the bright spot and the difference in the game, limiting the Irish to just 55 yards rushing. The Bulldogs also recorded 9 tackles for loss and sacked Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush 3 times.
Look for Georgia to dominate this year’s game.
The 2019 Bulldog offensive line is arguably the best in the country, and it shows. Through the first 3 games this season, they have allowed only 1 sack and just 7 tackles for loss. Georgia has a Top Ten offense, running for 286 yards and passing for 278 yards per game.
QB Jake Fromm is completing 75% of his passes and has zero interceptions through the first 3 games.
Notre Dame is one of the worst in the country in stopping the run. Over the first 3 games, The Irish have allowed, on average, 9 runs of 10 + yards, per game. Look for Georgia running backs DeAndre Swift and Zamir White both to have productive afternoons.
The Bulldogs are a balanced team offensively, definitely not one-dimensional. To be ranked in the Top Ten on that side of the ball is significant due to the fact that Georgia lost a lot of production from last year’s team, especially at wide receiver, either by graduation or attrition due to transfers and suspensions/dismissals.
The Georgia defense is extremely tough. They are a Top Ten defense allowing 243 yards per game and allowing opponents to score only a TD and an extra point per game.
The Irish are rushing for less than 200 yards a game. QB Ian Book leads the offense and is throwing for 276 yards per game and has thrown for 6 touchdowns. But more importantly, he has thrown zero INT’s.
Notre Dame is one of the worst in the country in stopping the run. Over the first 3 games, The Irish have allowed, on average, 9 runs of 10 + yards, per game.
Look for Georgia running backs DeAndre Swift and Zamir White both to have productive afternoons, and the stingy Bulldog defense and will cause problems for Notre Dame all afternoon.
This game will be much more decisive than the game 2 years ago. Look for Georgia to win and win big.
My pick: Georgia
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