The Fighting Irish return to North Carolina for a match-up against the Demon Deacons on Saturday at Noon on ABC. The good part about the game NO HURRICANE! Mother Nature tried, but again but a different forecast this time. The projected forecast for Saturday is sunny skies during the morning hours. Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High of 86 degrees. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%. This team has not played a dry game in NC in years.
The Irish are coming of a 22-17 game with the Commodore’s. Wake Forest comes into the contest with a 2-1 record, on the heels of a loss to number Boston College. The Fighting Irish keys to winning are as follows. Play a faceless opponent and one game at a time. The Fighting Irish need to focus on this game. As discussed in past articles, focus and discipline is a must once again. This could be a trap game if the Irish try to look past Wake Forest and look ahead to Stanford.
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From the prognostication picks, here is how we picked the Wake Forest game.
ND at Wake Forest 9/22/18
Jimmy-“Wake has played ND tough on the road, now they get them at home. Wake returns 14 players and a new QB at the helm. There is a sense to worry about ND looking ahead to Stanford. Last year, ND showed signs of looking ahead to Miami. Praying for dry weather.” ND wins 31-27.
George-“I hope I am on business trip that week in the Raleigh-Durham area. Every time the last couple years ND has played in N.C. area it has been a downpour or a hurricane. ND is more than due for a chance to play in dry weather. A chance to throw a pass in good weather is what I expect to see. This will be a game won in the air.” ND wins 36-21.
The past three weeks a different defensive player has stepped out and made a huge impact on the game. Who will it be this week? The Offense needs to catch balls when put on the numbers and look for holes to run through. Special Teams needs to keep up what they are bringing as well. We can brush off the Yoon missed FG, but Tyler Newsome if he can deliver what he did last week that would be amazing.
P.S. I will miss this game as well. Hurricane Florence worked her magic and forced the trip to be cancelled. The game streak continues in the Durham Triangle area.
Go Irish!! Beat Deacons!! ☘