Virginia Tech vs Notre Dame : What Notre Dame football was looking for this season has gone by the wayside. Following a close loss to Georgia, a clean record the rest of the way potentially would have set Notre Dame footballI up for a return to the College Football Playoff. Last weekend that dream was shut down thanks to Michigan.
Notre Dame vs. Virginia Tech Broadcast
Date: Saturday, November 2nd
Game Time: 2:30 ET
Venue: Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, IN
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Notre Dame (5-2) vs. Virginia Tech (5-2) Game Preview
Why Notre Dame Will Win
To pull this off on the road, Virginia Tech has to do a little of everything right, and that includes winning the turnover battle.
Virginia Tech just doesn’t take the ball away.
The Hokie D came up with five turnovers in the win over Miami, and it forced two mistakes in the win over Furman, and that’s about it. There’s just one other takeaway in the other five games, including none in three of the last four games.
The Irish don’t come up with a whole slew of takeaways, either, but they’re also not screwing up.
More than that, coming off the Michigan game, the Irish should come into this fired up and a whole lot stronger than it was in the monsoon in Ann Arbor.
The running game was stuffed to a dead stop, but before that it was on a roll. Virginia Tech might be playing well against the run, and it’s not going to get gouged, but expect the Irish to be night-and-day more productive and keep control of the game. The Hokies are doing a whole lot of things right, but they’re not doing enough to come up with third down stops.
Ian Book will have a bounceback game and he should keep the offense moving, but …
The staff picks are in for this weekend’s game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Virginia Tech Hokies (and others). Let’s not beat around the bush, and get right to it.
Notre Dame 38, VT 17
I think Ian Book responds to the criticism he’s taken since last season and leads the Irish offense to a great game. I like to think the Irish will bounce strong from last week’s debacle. We’ll see what this team really is made of after this week’s game. Will they fold or come out determined to finish the year strong. I lean to the latter.
Indiana Hoosiers 35, Northwestern Wildcats 13
Despite Northwestern being 1-6, this is one of the bigger games IU has had in some time. A primetime game at home in Bloomington on national TV with a chance to win your 7th game of the year? That almost never happens to IU. Peyton Ramsey proved me wrong, as he helped the Hoosiers gut out a victory in Lincoln last week. I still have more confidence in Michael Penix, but if Ramsey goes this game still shouldnt be a problem for IU. On the other side, Northwestern’s offense STINKS. Might be one of the worst offenses I’ve seen in a while. The Hoosiers should win this one to improve to 7-2…#9WINDIANA baby!
Notre Dame 31, Virginia Tech 17
After two weeks without playing a football game the Irish come into this one with something to prove. Notre Dame is a more talented team than anybody left on their schedule, expect them to show that while they play to erase any lingering memories from Michigan.
Washington State Cougars Bye Week
Notre Dame 28, Virginia Tech 13
Notre Dame wins with superior talent, but I still don’t think they will play up their potential. Not expecting a blowout, but I’m not expecting this one to ever really be in doubt.
Miami-Ohio Redhawks 21, Ohio Bobcats 20
OU OH NO. Stupid Bobcats. Miami eeks out a close win over their rival, and Chuck Martin’s seat gets a little bit cooler. Much to many fans’ dismay.
Notre Dame 27, Virginia Tech 20
You would think that the beats own the Irish were handed last Saturday night in Ann Arbor would wake this team up, but time and time again, Brian Kelly’s teams have had a severe trickle-down effect and a late-season slump into a bowl is always on the table. Despite the Playoff hopes being gone now, I’ll give the Irish the benefit of the doubt at home against the Hokies in some likely frigid weather. They’ll do just enough to squeak past Virginia Tech this weekend.
Kentucky Wildcats have a BYE
Notre Dame 31, Virginia Tech 14
Time for a rebound. VT have been pretty lackluster all year and don’t have the kind of offense to keep pace with what we know Notre Dame can do.
Oregon State Beavers 27, Arizona Wildcats 38
Two pretty good offenses against two pretty terrible defenses. Pac-12 football everybody! Nevertheless, Arizona have some good capability with Khalil Tate at QB and he could really have a day against OSU.
Notre Dame 31, Virginia Tech 17
Despite their lack of talent at key positions, the Hokies are well coached and play a very physical brand of football. Even with their obvious weaknesses, Virginia Tech is not to be taken lightly. Notre Dame can’t help but be “down” after their performance at Michigan. “Something is happening here” and it is not exactly clear what the rest of this season holds for Notre Dame. One thing is clear, and that is Notre Dame needs to get focused and take it one game at a time. Forgetting the performance at Michigan will not be easy, but is a must if they are to beat Virginia Tech. This is an opponent that the Irish should beat soundly. I’m predicting whatever leadership there is on this Irish football team, it will surface as the game nears, and the Irish will get a hard fought victory.
Last week, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish saw their College Football Playoff hopes smashed in a blowout loss to an inspired Michigan team. Now, they will attempt to get back on track for the remainder of the season when they host the surging Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. ET. Although the No. 16-ranked Irish (5-2) are almost certain to be denied a second consecutive playoff berth, a New Year’s Day bowl is still in play. Their quest starts with a challenge against a historically stubborn Virginia Tech (5-2) club that comes in rested off a bye and riding a season-high three-game winning streak. The Irish are 17.5-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 58 in the latest Notre Dame vs. Virginia Tech odds. Before finalizing your Notre Dame vs. Virginia Tech picks, listen to the college football predictions from SportsLine senior analyst Josh Nagel.
On Saturday afternoon, Virginia Tech will travel to South Bend, Indiana to take on Notre Dame in their final non-conference match-up of the season. The Hokies are coming off a BYE week, while the Fighting Irish were defeated by Michigan, 45 to 14. The last time Virginia Tech traveled to Notre Dame, they took the win on the road 34 to 31. They have won 10 of their last 12 road games versus AP Top 25 opponents. The Fighting Irish won the most recent match-up in Blacksburg, last year, 45 to 23.
Prior to the contest, the crew at VTSCOOP locked in their predictions for the contest.
It is hard to believe that this is a battle between 5-2 teams. Some people may have expected that pre-season, but these teams have arrived at this point in a very different fashion. The recent surge in performance have some excited for this game, and yea it is winnable. But for that to happen the Hokies need everything to go there way. No turnovers, and we can’t keep the Defense on the field the whole game. The O has to control the clock and and the D needs to force turnovers to have a realistic shot. The Hokies are playing better, but I’m not sure they can get it done in South Bend Saturday. Notre Dame wins, but in a closer game than most expect.