Notre Dame sits 1-0 following a win over Louisville and a bye. In game one, Ian Book was 14-23 for 193 yards and 1 TD. He also carried the ball 14 times for 81 yards and 1 TD. Book was good, not great. Certainly wasn’t terrible. Part of the issue is that they NEED him to play impeccable all year. It may not show itself against Louisvle or New Mexico, but the likes of Georgia and Michigan present tough tasks. Book accounted for two total touchdowns Monday night, one rushing and one passing. He had 23 total touchdowns last year. Over/Under on 28.5 total touchdowns for Book this season? Depends on the record. If the Irish hit 10+ wins, that means Book goes over. 9 wins or less, well, you can catch my drift...
Jafar Armstrong is expected to miss up to two months of the season with a groin injury. The Irish will miss having his HR hitting ability, but with a solid OL, they will be okay. Have to be able to pick up 3 yards, though, when everyone knows run is happening.
How about the defense? After a rough start against Louisville, it was a dominant 2 and half quarters of play. We saw a ton of new bodies in run fill positions unable to react. They adjusted. They got bodies in there and it was nice to see them tighten up. Aside from veterans like Alohi Gilman, who forced 3 turnovers, frosh Kyle Hamilton had two pass breakups and was consistently around the ball.
Between what we saw Monday against Louisville and the injury to Armstrong, my expectations for the season are still the same. Next up is the first home game of the season.
Former Notre Dame football coach Bob Davie will not be with his New Mexico football team this week when they travel to South Bend to play the Fighting Irish.
Davie suffered what is only being called a “serious medical incident” after his team’s win over Sam Houston State two Saturdays ago. He released this statement:
"While I will be around next week and involved, I have decided not to make trip to South Bend for our September 14 game with Notre Dame," Davie wrote in a statement posted by the team on Twitter. "After receiving advice from my doctors and wife, I wanted to make this decision now so our team and coaching staff could go into the weekend with clarity and consistency."
In his absence, Davie wrote, Saga Tuitele, who is the run game coordinator and offensive line coach, will be the active head coach. Davie led Notre Dame from 1997-2001 and was fired after 5-6 campaign. He compiled a 35-25 record as the head coach during his five seasons at Notre Dame. Davie was an analyst at ESPN from 2002 to 2011 and replaced current Maryland head coach Mike Locksley at New Mexico in 2011.
The Irish are -35.5 point favorites. Now that sports wagering is legal in Indiana, are you taking the over or under? Me? I’ve got the under.