Notre Dame could face its first real competition of the season in NC State. The Irish have to go on the road, and the Wolfpack will give them everything they’ve got. Worth noting is that even though this will only be the fourth time the programs have met, an Irish win would draw the teams even in the all-time series. While the Irish don’t have historical losing records against that many opponents, it sure would be nice to knock one of them off the list.
Let’s look at what some college football experts are predicting for this game:
Ralph D. Russo, Associated Press
David Kenyon, Bleacher Report
“Between a pair of strong performances from Notre Dame quarterback Sam Hartman and NC State’s unremarkable win at UConn, a lopsided margin feels possible. “
Pete Fiutak, College Football News
“Can NC State keep up the pace if Hartman get on a roll?
For the first time so far, Notre Dame will have to throw a pass that matters, and for the first time Hartman will get popped on a consistent basis.
At Wake Forest, Hartman threw for almost 400 yards with two scores against NC State last year – and gave up three picks in a loss.
He led the way to a win over the Wolfpack in 2021, but he gave up three picks in that, too. Wake Forest lost a shootout with 10 under center in 2020, but he was OK.
He’ll throw two interceptions, but the running game will settle things down in the second half as the Irish O-line takes over. NC State won’t be able to take advantage of the opportunities, but it’ll have its chances to take over late.”
Jackson Caudell, All Yellow Jackets
“This is one of the biggest games of the week in the ACC. Notre Dame comes in 2-0 and looks very good so far, although it has been against weak competition. NC State started slowly against UConn last week, but Dave Doeren’s team found a way to get a win on the road to start the year.
The game is in Raleigh, which is a tough place to play, and I think that is what might make things tough for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish will be tested by this NC State defense, but I think this new-look Notre Dame offense and Sam Hartman will get a closer-than-expected win.”