Week 10 College Football Breakdown with Joe Lisi: Wake Forest vs. Notre Dame

Notre Dame Fighting Irish players in field

Joe Lisi

Friday, November 3, 2017 3:04 PM UTC

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 3:04 PM UTC

This is the companion article to Joe's picks on the Wake Forest vs. Notre Dame game on Saturday at 3:30 pm ET.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish  

Line: Notre Dame -13.5
Notre Dame 34 Wake Forest 30

Notre Dame enters this game in the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings with a game the following weekend against the Miami Hurricanes.

Wake Forest is coming off a 42-32 win over Lamar Jackson and Louisville at home and is a team that is playing with confidence heading into this contest.

Wake Forest put up 625 total yards of offense last week with quarterback John Wolford passing for 461 yards with 5 touchdowns. Wide receiver Greg Dortch who caught 10 passes for 167 yards with 4 touchdowns is injured and will not play in this game.

Wolford enters this game completing 65% of his passes for 1,660 yards with 15 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

The Demon Deacons are averaging 171 rushing yards per game and are passing for 256 yards per game entering this contest.

Defensively, the unit played very well at home against Louisville and held the Cardinals to 191 rushing yards. The defense did allow a 55-yard touchdown run with 55 seconds remaining to Lamar Jackson. Wake Forest was able to contain Jackson for much of the afternoon last Saturday and showed the ability to keep him inside the pocket.

That approach should carry through against Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush who is rushing for 529 yards averaging 5.9 yards per carry with 11 touchdowns.

Wake Forest is allowing 183 rushing yards per game and is allowing 198 passing yards to opposing offenses this season.

Notre Dame is still a one-dimensional offense that is averaging 150 passing yards per game and is pounding the rock for 317 yards per game on the ground this season.

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Mike Elco was the former defensive coordinator of Wake Forest last season. While that may be a benefit to the Fighting Irish, I see it as a benefit to the Wake Forest offense in this contest.

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