Stayin Sharp with Evan Sharpley. Notre Dame, Duke set to kickoff 2020 football season

Notre Dame, Duke set to kickoff 2020 football season

It’s game week for Notre Dame football! Can you believe it? We really made it to playing a game. What seemed so bleak back in March and the subsequent months now has glimmers of hope. While it still may be a week to week conversation on whether or not games are played, Notre Dame v. Duke is happening! Here is what you need to know:

Who can attend?

In keeping in line with social distancing protocols, tailgating is prohibited while attendance will be restricted to only the student body, faculty/staff and family members of participating student-athletes from both teams (in a separate area). All attendees will be required to wear masks and practice physical distancing.

Twenty-percent capacity had been the popular estimation predicted, and indeed it will be exactly at that target with 15,525 maximum allowed in the edifice where the capacity is 77,622.

Where can you watch?

Date: Saturday, September 12
Game Time: 2:30 ET
Venue: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, IN
Network: NBC

The University is rolling out a new option to watch in conjunction with the NBC broadcast called RALLY HOUSE. Check it out here.

“The Rally House is a new VIP experience where fans can connect with each other and Notre Dame celebrities through exclusive online watch parties prior to and during each home football game.The Rally House supplements the TV broadcast by allowing fans to participate in exclusive watch parties featuring Notre Dame celebrities, former players and other Irish fans. Fans also have the ability to create their own watch party, allowing friends to virtually watch the game together. Additionally, Rally House participants can meet celebrities or other Irish fans one-on-one from across the world, engage in live chats and polls, and receive exclusive offers from Notre Dame partners. Fans can purchase a Rally House season pass for all six home games and post-season games for $49 or a single-game pass for $15. To purchase a Rally House season or single-game pass, click here.Season ticket members who pay an annual membership fee and Monogram Club members who made their annual contribution to the Rockne Athletics Fund will receive a complimentary season pass with further account information to be provided via email.”

Duke vs Notre Dame Head-to-Head Record 

Winning Percentage Prediction: Duke: (12.2%) | Notre Dame: (87.8%)

Notre Dame defeated Duke, 38-7, on the road in the most recent head-to-head matchup between these two teams on Nov. 9, 2019.

Notre Dame is 3-2 in its last five head-to-head matchups against Duke.

Notre Dame is 4-2 in its six all-time, head-to-head matchups against Duke.

Duke finished the 2019 season with a 5-7 record.

Notre Dame finished the 2019 season with an 11-2 record.

Who will win?

It’s been three years since the Irish lost at Notre Dame Stadium, a streak they’ll look to extend when they host Duke in the season opener for both squads. Notre Dame has averaged a 22.4-point margin of victory at home during that stretch and opened as a 20.5-point favorite for Saturday’s tilt.

The Irish have dominated visitors to Notre Dame Stadium over the past few years, winning 18 straight and posting an average margin of victory of 22.44 points.They won’t have the usual crowd support behind them here, however, as Notre Dame is limiting stadium capacity to 20 percent due to the pandemic. That translates to a crowd of approximately 16,000, with students getting top priority for tickets. The ACC is allowing its member programs to pump in fake crowd noise this season, although teams aren’t allowed to use it to intentionally disrupt opposing offenses.

Senior quarterback Ian Book returns after guiding the Irish to 38 points or more in their final four regular-season games last year, including a 38-7 rout of Duke, but he won’t have his top three pass catchers from last year. Notre Dame is also young in the backfield, where sophomore Kyren Williams and freshman Chris Tyree are projected to get the bulk of the carries in the opener.

Defense is once again expected to be the strength of the Irish, who have gone UNDER the total in 11 of their last 16 games. Two of three starting linebackers return from the unit that ranked 21st in total yards allowed last year, although head coach Brian Kelly has to replace the production of his top three pass rushers.

IRISH 1-0 after this weekend! Gotta love it!! STAY SHARP!

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