On Saturday August 31, Notre Dame came in as a 29.5 favorite. That’s a pretty high number for a team that wasn’t very explosive on the offensive end. Notre Dame is bringing back Tommy Rees at quarterback, and all eyes will be on his production from week one. Game starts at 3:30 p.m. et on NBC.
Tommy Rees gets to run the Notre Dame Fighting Irish one year after having a dream season with Everett Golson. Ultimately, they were overmatched against Alabama in the BCS Championship, but the Fighting Irish showed a lot of grit getting to that point.
One thing for the Notre Dame to look for, is the luck running out. They should have lost multiple games last season, but always found a way to win. Sometimes it was in spite of an inept offense. They continue to be stout on the defensive line, and the quicker they get the Alabama taste out of their system the better.
How will the offense flow this season. The abrupt loss of the starting quarterback led to Rees getting his starting position back. His success will depend on the running game and pass protection.
Temple likes to run the ball, but what can they do to be successful against the Fighting Irish? To stay in the game, Temple must make big plays in the passing game. It will be no easy feat since they aren’t great with the aerial attack.
When you’re overmatched on paper, you also must create special plays. Temple needs a punt return touchdown or a few turnovers that lead directly to points. They must try to make Notre Dame one dimensional. Tommy Rees is not a mobile quarterback so they don’t have to worry about him escaping the pocket throughout the game.
The Verdict: Notre Dame feels that their offense will be better this season. It remains to be seen because of all the new parts. They should win this game, but Notre Dame needs the offense to look efficient. If they have to rely on a goal line stand, it most likely means that the offense didn’t create enough big plays.
Notre Dame 28