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Game Thread | No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 3 Georgia

September 21, 2019
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No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 3 Georgia

Sanford Stadium |8:00 p.m. ET | CBS

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Prove It

You can talk about what Notre Dame does well and doesn’t do well as the Irish head to Athens to take on No. 3 Georgia this weekend. The Dawgs are loaded with athletes and enormous humans in the trenches, but Notre Dame needs to prove to itself they belong with the elite programs in college football. 

Notre Dame has overachieved in some regards by going 12-0 twice during the Brian Kelly era yet the Fighting Irish are at a crossroads as they head to Georgia. 

Clemson was at a similar fork in the road when “Clemsoning” was a thing. The Tigers beat Notre Dame (at home) and never looked back. Notre Dame will have a similar chance to get the “big game blues” off its back this weekend with a win in Athens. 


Five Players To Watch

Georgia RB D'Andre Swift
Maybe the best player the Irish will face this season. He's averaging over 9 yards per carry and is a threat to take it to the house whenever he touches the football. Notre Dame has to have 11 to the ball in order to slow him down.

Notre Dame DE Julian Okwara
His matchup with UGA offensive tackle Andrew Thomas will be watched closely by every NFL scout in attendance. Notre Dame needs him to play at the same level he did against Clemson last season.

Notre Dame WR Chase Claypool
Claypool has looked fantastic after the catch in the first two games. The Irish will need that and him winning contested catches against Georgia's very good cornerback duo. 

Georgia QB Jake Fromm
Fromm is not a threat to run the football, but he is deadly accurate from the pocket when he has time. That's often with Georgia's offensive line keeping him clean by only allowing one sack this season. The Irish must pressure him and force Fromm to beat them. He's 26-1 when throwing less than 30 times a game. He's 0-4 when throwing 30 or more passes.

Notre Dame S Alohi Gilman
Big games are for big-time players and Gilman has been a big-time player for Notre Dame's defense. They need him to be at his best on the biggest stage. He's going to have to make several solo tackles and produce some havoc plays to slow down the Georgia offense.


By The Numbers 

2 - Notre Dame’s visit to No. 3/3 Georgia will mark just the second time the Irish will
face a top-five SEC team on the opponent’s home field in school history. The No.
24 Irish fell 38-14 at No. 4 Tennessee in 1999.

3 - Notre Dame recorded at least 66 points in a game for just the third time since
1932 in its 66-14 win over New Mexico. 

7 - With ESPN’s College GameDay making an appearance in Athens this weekend, it
will mark the 30th time the pregame show will appear before a game featuring
the Irish and the 12th time in the Brian Kelly era. That is the seventh-most of
any program in the nation.

19.07 - Ian Book leads all Power 5 quarterbacks in yards-per-completion with a 19.07average (he ranks second among all FBS quarterbacks in that category).

20.2 - Notre Dame skill players have averaged 20.2 yards after the catch this season (31
receptions, 627 yards-after-catch) – the best among Power 5 teams. 

30 - Notre Dame has held its opponents to 30 points or less in 16 consecutive games.

41.5 - Notre Dame leads all FBS teams for opponent completion percentage, as Irish
opponents are 22-for-53 (41.5%) in the first two games.

2205 - Over the last eight games, Ian Book has thrown for 2,205 yards, the fifth-most
among all active FBS quarterbacks.


Quotes of the Week

Notre Dame QB Ian Book on being a 14-point underdog: 
"Honestly, we don’t care at all what anyone says. If we’re supposed to lose by double-digits, it’s kind of a chip on our shoulder and we’ll use that as motivation. It’s great. The pressure isn’t on us. We’re going down there to do what we have to do. We believe in ourselves. Everyone in this family knows we can do it. We know our potential, so we’re not worried – we’re confident.”

WR Chris Finke on being underdogs: 
“We’re fueled by our goals which are to win a National Championship. The way that goes is to win every week. We’re preaching this week that it’s not about proving anything to anyone. We know who we are. It’s about preparing and being precise in our preparation.”

DE Ade Ogundeji on Georgia:
“They do things the right way and they aren’t going to beat themselves. We have to go out and play hard. We have to beat them. We can’t have penalties and we have to play football the right way."


For Your Nerves 

Notre Dame vs. Georgia Hype Video

http://instagr.am/p/B2mpWrQF9Fh

TEAM STATS Notre Dame Georgia
Points Per Game 50.5 49.3
Points Allowed Per Game 15.5 7.7
Total Yards 507.0 565.3
Yards Passing 313.5 278.7
Yards Rushing 193.5 286.7
Yards Allowed 373.0 243.0
Pass Yards Allowed 142.5 182.3
Rush Yards Allowed  230.5 60.7

Game Thread | No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 3 Georgia

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mattfreeman
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Notre Dame recruits who will be in Athens.

2020 WR Justin Robinson - UGA commit
2021 TE Cane Berrong - Notre Dame commit
2021 S David Daniel - UGA commit

2021 LB Barrett Carter
2021 WR Deion Colzie
2021 CB Ga'Quincy McKinstry
2021 WR Jaquez Smith
2022 TE Jack Nickel

mattfreeman
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mattfreeman
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The entire lower bowl minus 1 section getting pom-poms on every seat.


mattfreeman
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Lawn crew currently mowing the grass which was already super short. Def a fast track for tonight
mattfreeman
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For what it's worth...UGA is going through video board tests right now and Cade Mays was in the starting lineup for the Dawgs at RT for Isaiah Wilson who suffered an ankle sprain on September 4th.
SWANSEA
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Is Armstrong not playing tonight?
mattfreeman
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SWANSEA said:

Is Armstrong not playing tonight?
He's out a minimum of 5 weeks from last week
mattfreeman
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WR Michael Young Jr. dressed in full pads. Brian Kelly said he was out and I'm not sure I expect him to play after talking with some sources.

RB Jahmir Smith not dressed.
mattfreeman
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This place is a circus.

Georgia does a good job of creating a hype environment while Notre Dame does the exact opposite.
Sgt Hulka
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College Football Radio app is a great free deal to listen to the game with our guys and not the SEC ball sniffers.
mattfreeman
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As you'd expect. Not very much green in this stadium.

This place is a circus right now. Loud, energy, great environment.
adevore_0909
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Matt,
You must have missed Mike's request to keep it kind tonight.
mattfreeman
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Michael Young Jr. just caught a slant in warmups.

mattfreeman
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Jon Doerer XP good.

Chris Finke field a Jay Bramblett punt.

Warmups complete at Sanford Stadium.
mattfreeman
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National Anthem done. This place is 100% a circus now.
blairkiel
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Our ball
Sec26Row44
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ND won and will receive
chrismcc7
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Matt is currently experiencing some technical difficulties.
emeyers
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Status of GA injured guys?
buffaloirish1
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Someone get Kelly a new pair of underwear
mattfreeman
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As the kid's say....'It's loud as ****"



Also....wifi is terrible so I may be in and out of this pending the internet connection.
chrismcc7
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Welcome back, Cole Kmet
blairkiel
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That's a **** foul
mattfreeman
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Liam Eichenberg with a late hit. Costs Notre Dame good field position.
ndsean44
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Personal foul on Liam.

Bad call. Liam clean hit and the play was still live.

NYNDBLUE
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Keys wasn't down why can't Liam block?
SWANSEA
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NYNDBLUE said:

Keys wasn't down why can't Liam block?
Good Question.
blairkiel
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NYNDBLUE said:

Keys wasn't down why can't Liam block?
Because we are at Georgia

IrishRob
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Horrible call. RB wasn't down when he hit the guy.
NYNDBLUE
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mattfreeman said:

Liam Eichenberg with a late hit. Costs Notre Dame good field position.


In replay Keys wasn't down.

Ref didn't say late. He said unnecessary
EnvEngIrish11
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Back breaker.... *********it. Great scripted playcall to start and then that effing penalty!
buffaloirish1
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I'll take the personal foul , let em know your hear to play baby!!!
mattfreeman
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As I said...it's loud as ****.
ndsean44
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Cole Kmet is a welcome return.
 
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