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Game Thread | Wake Forest at Notre Dame

November 18, 2023
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Wake Forest (4-6) at No. 19 Notre Dame (7-3)

Notre Dame Stadium | 3:30 PM ET | NBC | Line: Notre Dame --25 | O/U: 47.5

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Five Players To Watch

Notre Dame C Ashton Craig
With Zeke Correll likely out, it looks like it could be Craig's first career start after he played very well in the second half of the Clemson game. Him and Billy Scrhrauth, replacing an injured Rocco Spindler, will have their hands full with a good Wake defensive front led by DT Kevin Pointer.

Wake Forest QB Michael Kern
It's been a brutal season for Wake Forest at the quarterback position and they are finally handing over the job to Kern. They might have done it sooner if he'd have been healthy. He didn't exactly light it up against NC State (5.3 YPA), but the key for them will be if he can limit the mistakes and not turn the ball over.

Notre Dame LB JD Bertrand
Bertrand hasn't had the flashiest season, but he's quietly been impressive making big plays and having an impact as a blitzer. He'll likely be activated in that capacity quite a bit against Wake with him picking his spots on delayed blitzes.

Wake Forest S Malik Mustapha
One of the best safeties in the ACC, he's been a consistent playmaker for them all season with their defense giving them a chance to win most weeks. Look for him to be heavily involved playing downhill against Notre Dame's running game.

Notre Dame RB Audric Estime
This is more than likely Estime's last game in Notre Dame Stadium. Expect it to be a big day with him having plenty of opportunities to make an impact. Wake is undersized on the defensive line and at linebacker. Duke and NC State wore them down with the running game in their previous two games.


Quotes of the Week

Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman:
“The only guy that is still questionable is Zeke (Correll). He's still in concussion protocol. He's done some non-contact, but he has not been able to do contact yet. He hasn’t cleared concussion protocol. But the rest of those guys. I can't remember everybody, but should should be available.” 

Notre Dame offensive coordinator Gerad Parker:
”I stand with our staff and our players. You have to have a belief in them knowing — I think if you come up there, I would hope. I’d be really pissed off if [not]. Our players know we believe in them. Our guys are happy here. They’re happy in our locker room. They’re happy with the way we treat them and coach them to be better.

“Now, that being said, there’s always stuff. I try to stay away from it. You guys know why. It’s really hard to do your job if you read too much. So I have to stay out of it to serve our staff and players the right way. But, at the same time, if you care about the players and the staff you serve, you’re always going to stay up and wake up in the middle of the night wondering, ‘Should I have …? Should we have used this? Should we have called this? What could I have done differently?’

“If not, you’re sure to fail. That’s what’s kept humility within me maybe throughout a whole career when we’ve done well and hit our mark and when we fell short. I definitely have questioned those things. When you go back to it though, you stand behind — I mean this, and I don’t mean this wrong way. I stand behind the job we’ve done, the game plans you’ve put together, and that doesn’t mean we have to do them better.”

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Al Golden:
“You’ve got to win through the down. We call it ‘the interval’ — but win through the interval. It's an extended interval. It could be longer than most plays. And I haven't really talked to Dave in the past about this concept, but there's a lot of patience that, to me, he exhibits just to get that one matchup that he's looking for, just to get that one route that he's looking for. That's a challenge to the DBs, for sure.”  

Notre Dame LB JD Bertrand: 
“It’s just a different style. I think the biggest thing is we’ve taken a lot of points in terms of learning the offense a little bit from Sam. They’re going to have some wrinkles here and there but some teams have attacked them trying to pressure while other teams have attacked them by letting the run bleed then letting them hand it off and then tackling it. I think seeing all those different ways will help us attack it in our own ways.” 

Notre Dame CB Cam Hart: 
“I've gotta get some interceptions, right? I have to.” 


TEAM STATS

STAT WAKE FOREST NOTRE DAME
Total Yards 331.7 418.0
Passing  200.7 252.0
Rushing 131.0 166.0
Yards Allowed 372.2 280.4
Passing Allowed 224.9 153.6
Rushing Allowed 147.3 126.8

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Game Thread | Wake Forest at Notre Dame

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dtfennell
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Good morning and Go Irish!
82irish
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Another good hype video.
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Greg Flammang
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Watching some early out warmups for the wide receivers.

-Tobias Merriweather and Braylon James just move different than everyone else.

-Matt Salerno looks just about ready to return.

-KK Smith has some very nice twitch to him. Something to monitor for next spring.
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Zeke is out.

theoriginalndmom
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Here's hoping that we have a very positive day on this board.
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Seniors Honored today
K Bryan Dowd
LB Cole Aubrey
P Ben Krimm
WR Griffin Eifert
WR Henry Cook
OL Brennan Wicks
OL Quinn Murphy
DE Hakim Sanfro
WR Chase Dixon
S Eddie Scheidler
RB Sam Assaf
RB Chase Ketterer
DL Aidan Keanaaina
RB Skip Velotta
OL Andrew Kristofic
K Spencer Shrader
S Thomas Harper
DE Javontae Jean-Baptiste
DE Nana Osafo-Mensah
WR Matt Salerno
OL Zeke Correll
LB Marist Liufau
LB Jack Kiser
WR Chris Tyree
DL Rylie Mills
DL Howard Cross III
LS Milk
S DJ Brown
CB Cam Hart
LB JD Bertrand
QB Sam Hartman
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Of note: Xavier Watts, who has graduated, did not partake in senior day festivities.
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Absolutely beautiful day!!
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Yes!
tayirish14
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mattfreeman said:

Of note: Xavier Watts, who has graduated, did not partake in senior day festivities.


Things can still happen, but that's definitely a good sign!
DaveS
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mattfreeman said:

Of note: Xavier Watts, who has graduated, did not partake in senior day festivities.


Obviously he could change his mind, but his coming back would be huge.
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Wake Forest wins the toss and defers.
rmirish
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Hoping Sam finds a place in the NFL. From everything I've seen and heard, he seems like a great guy and representative of ND.
mattfreeman
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3rd-and-7: Incomplete.
mattfreeman
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Not a great punt.
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Omg
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Hot start from the O coming out of a bye
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Hartman had the dig wide open behind faison, by the way.
Auream
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Man I want to be positive but this offense sucks

Rwolf101
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Wow I can punt a ball better than that.

Hell I can punt a bowling ball better than that.
mjhahn
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Anyone surprised by the 2nd and 10 run up the middle call? Yeah neither was Wake. Parker is horrible.
goldendeuce
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Nice start. Good grief.
ndsean44
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Hartman continues to be a problem.

I don't know how much longer he's going to last.
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3rd-and-10: Benjamin Morrison called for PI.
Joe1976
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mjhahn said:

Anyone surprised by the 2nd and 10 run up the middle call? Yeah neither was Wake. Parker is horrible.
Garbage....
mattfreeman
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Just the start Marcus Freeman was looking for. Sloppy.
ndsean44
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At least the defense came to play.

Nvm.
Rwolf101
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Nbc camera work is dreadful
 
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