Onward To Victory.
That’s about the only thing that the Irish can hope for after leaving Austin, TX on Sunday with a loss. Not only was it a loss, but it was a loss that showed the same vulnerabilities in the defense as last year. One year ago from Sunday, the Irish defense looked threatening under the lights in South Bend. This time the defense showed their troubles, allowing big pass play after big pass play. As much as I hate to see them lose game 1, I think that there were some good things that were shown within the abysmal loss to Texas.
First, we now know who “EQ” is. Equanimeous St. Brown. Yes, that’s one hell of a mouthful for a name, but he’s trouble on the football field. The Sophomore wide out proved that he is no joke, being the lone star on the receiving end. This was a question going into last week and we now know that he will be the one to follow, or surpass, Hunter JR. for the top receiver.
Kizer is QB1. Kelly went into the game with the two QB approach thinking that he could make both work, much like he did a few years ago with Tommy Rees and Everett Golson. Truth is, Kizer is the man and that won’t be changing. Kizer was able to sling the pigskin across the field, sustaining drives and throwing it right on target for key touchdowns. Zaire clearly struggled in the passing game and was unable to get into the rhythm of the game.
The defense needs to step up. There was a clear hole in the defensive side of the ball and nobody on the Notre Dame sideline could figure it out. The awful Longhorns from a year ago managed to put up 50 on the Irish, with big play after big play. This was not just the secondary, who showed to be bad, but the run game was dominant early with the 18-Wheeler package that Texas has with QB Tyrone Swoopes.
Alright, that’s enough. On to week 2. Notre Dame comes home to take on the Wolfpack of Nevada. I can honestly say, this will be a better game. Being in Notre Dame Stadium is one thing, but after a loss like that, they will have to win out in order to have a prayer for the College Football Playoff. I think there is a chance, as Notre Dame has enough formidable teams throughout the season that will keep the committee happy with them as long as they are in the W column.
Well, my prediction last week was terribly wrong. BUT, this week is a new week and like the Irish, I am going to change the outcome. I say 28-10 IRISH. We will also see another great game out of Equanimeous St. Brown, as well as Running Back Tarean Folston. Lastly, we will see what we always see out of #14, dominance. He will prove to us why he is QB1 for the Irish and why he should be considered for one of the best in the country.
I will be in South Bend watching the game live! This is the first of probably 4 games that I will be in God’s Country, so be on the lookout for additional posts with some of the action.
As always, GO IRISH.