Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Duke Blue Devils : Just because the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are traveling to North Carolina for their #goacc game of the week to face the Duke Blue Devils — it doesn’t mean they have to play in a hurricane.
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For Saturday game in Durham, it’s going to be a really gorgeous day that will remind Irish fans more of South Bend in October than North Carolina.
How in the world are we already at our ninth game? Man this football season is flying by much too fast. But here we are, game nine, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish travel to North Carolina to face the Duke Blue Devils. Notre Dame and Duke have played each other on the gridiron five times. Notre Dame has won three and Duke has one two:
As mentioned last week, I will feature the Most Interesting, Most Wildly Inaccurate, and Most Accurate Takes for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from the previous week. Here we go!
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-2) and Duke Blue Devils (4-4) play Saturday night at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, NC. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. We analyze the Notre Dame-Duke odds and betting lines, while providing college football betting tips and advice on this matchup.
Notre Dame at Duke: Three things you need to know
1. Notre Dame looked completely out of it against Virginia Tech until the very end when QB Ian Book found a way to get the Irish down the field to score and narrowly avoid what would have been a catastrophic upset. The one-point win illustrated a troubling pattern of again playing down to the competition.
2. Duke averages 166 yards rushing per game with a few single-game totals of 200-plus yards of late.
3. Controlling the lines. This one is always simple but more for Notre Dame. Their consistency has wavered all year when it comes to line play and it has cost them twice already.
There is a big change this week along the offensive line due to the injury to Robert Hainsey, as well as the continued loss of Tommy Kraemer. Josh Lugg will get the start at right tackle, and Trevor Ruhland will continue at right guard. The bigger questions come if another player goes down. The depth chart doesn’t tell the real order — for example if Liam Eichenberg goes down; Aaron Banks will move to left tackle, Jarrett Patterson will move to left guard and Colin Grunhard will take over at center… we think.