This is a historic matchup between two of the most legendary programs in College football, and both look to be national title contenders.
The Buckeyes struggled on offense in their first two games, but last week started to click against Western Kentucky. Notre Dame has looked like a well-rounded team, but neither team has played anyone as of yet. Can Notre Dame finally break the narrative that they can’t beat the power programs in big games? We shall soon see.
Notre Dame boasts an offensive line capable of taking down opponents.
The Irish haven’t needed to push too hard this season, but their patience was put through its paces when facing NC State 45-24 earlier this month in an outright victory.
Sam Hartman is nearly flawless – watch out, With no interceptions and 13 touchdown passes completed over 71% of his throws. The ground game, averaging nearly six yards per play, is also solid.
No, the defense hasn’t faced any true game-killers yet in terms of passing game opponents, but they are getting off quickly, are loading up against runs well, and currently rank fourth nationally in total D.
Hand the ball off to your NFL running back or throw deep to your starting NFL wide receivers working behind an offensive line and see where they go with it.
Ohio State did just that last week against WKU in their 63-10 victory, providing much-needed momentum and hope to the program as they search for answers on where to go from here.
And herein lies the key…Ohio State doesn’t necessarily rely on their offense being exceptional, as their defense has proven to be formidable.
WKU will likely end its season ranked among the top five teams nationally for passing, if not competing for first. They were limited to only 204 yards through the air in last week’s 63-10 victory against Ohio State.
The No. 3 defense in the nation isn’t giving much ground on defense, has only allowed two touchdowns over its past three games and is successfully doing its job without exerting too much pressure.
This will be a battle between two of the best defenses in the nation, but it will be decided by which offense doesn’t turn the ball over, and in that situation, I trust Sam Hartman. Notre Dame 27 Ohio State 24.
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