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Looking Ahead: Irish Opponents in Week Ten

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Check out the results of the Irish opponents in week ten.

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Irish Schedule Week Ten Opponent Score Record
Texas Longhorns Kansas Jayhawks W 59-20 4-5
Virginia Cavaliers @Miami Hurricanes L 27-21 3-6
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets BYE BYE 3-6
Massachusetts Minutemen Akron Zips L 17-13 1-8
Clemson Tigers Florida State Seminoles W 23-13 9-0
Navy Midshipmen @Memphis Tigers W 45-20 7-1
Southern Cal Trojans Arizona Wildcats W 38-30 6-3
Temple Owls @SMU Mustangs W 60-40 8-1
Pittsburgh Panthers Notre Dame Fighting Irish L 42-30 6-3
Wake Forest Demon Deacons BYE BYE 3-6
Boston College Eagles NC State Wolfpack L 24-8 3-7
Stanford Cardinal Colorado Buffaloes W 42-10 8-1

Irish Opponent Week 10 Record: 6-4 Irish Opponent Season Record: 61-47

The rest of the Irish schedule had a nice weekend that could end up helping ND in the playoff race. Texas doesn't exactly fit this description, but they still blew out Kansas in Austin on Saturday. Texas was shut out in their previous game against Iowa State, but their offense responded in a big way by notching their highest output of the year against the Hawks. Texas both ran and threw for 299 yards, and forced four turnovers. QB Tyrone Swoopes threw for one TD, and ran for four while RB D'Onta Foreman picked up 157 yards and two TDs on just 12 carries. The win helps the Horns in their quest for six wins, but they'll need to win two of three against Texas Tech, and at West Virginia and Baylor in order to go bowling in December. Virginia was unable to knock off Miami in their first game at home without Al Golden. The Hoos were able to move the ball against the Cane defense, but struggled to find the endzone settling for two short FGs on trips to the redzone. Matt Johns threw for just short of 300 yards, but didn't throw a TD pass and had one INT. On the ground, Taquan Mizzell had a nice day running for 91 yards on 18 carries without a score. The loss drops UVA to 3-6, and they face a road game at Louisville next week. UMass dropped another close game in the MAC coming from ahead to lose 17-13. The Akron defense limited Blake Frohnapfel to just 19/43 passing for just 173 yards. The Zips also picked off the Minuteman QB twice. The Massachusetts defense forced three turnovers, and held the Zips to just over 300 total yards, but it wasn't enough to get UMass their first conference win of the season.

Top ranked and undefeated Clemson won their toughest remaining test of the year by defeating Florida State 23-13. The Clemson defense struggled to slow down FSU RB Dalvin Cook (21 carries, 194 yards and 1 TD), but they picked off Nole QB Sean Maguire once while limiting FSU to just 164 passing yards. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson and RB Wayne Gallman both rushed for more than 100 yards in the contest. Gallman rushed for one TD, while Watson added 297 yards passing and a TD through the air. The win clinches the Atlantic Division for the Tigers, and should keep them atop the Playoff Rankings for another week. Navy picked up a big win on the road over Memphis to spoil the Tigers' undefeated season. The Memphis defense struggled with Navy's triple option giving up 374 yards at 5.7 YPC on the ground. Keenan Reynolds didn't set the rushing TD record this week, but he did throw for one score, and completed 3/5 passes. RB Chris Swain did the most damage for Navy rushing for 103 yards and three TDs. Navy should enter the College Football Playoff Top 25 this week, and faces SMU at home next Saturday. Southern Cal improved to 6-3 and stayed alive in the PAC-12 South race with a win over Arizona. The Trojan defense smothered Rich Rod's read option offense limiting the Wildcats to 60 yards on 32 carries. Trojan RBs Ronald Jones and Justin Davis combined for 262 yards and three TDs on 35 carries. Cody Kessler added two TDs and 243 yards passing, 138 of those yards and one TD pass went to Ju-Ju Smith-Schuster.  The Trojans still need help in the form of a Utah loss, but they need to beat Colorado in Boulder next week to keep their PAC-12 Championship hopes alive.

Temple bounced back from their loss to the Irish by beating SMU 60-40. The game was closer than expected after the Owls gave up a safety and a TD on the following free kick. This cut their lead to just five in the fourth quarter. Two late TDs, one on a PJ Walker run and another on a pick six sealed the game for the Owls. The win keeps Temple unbeaten in AAC play. Boston College continued their weekly assault against offensive football in their 24-8 loss to NC State. The Eagles averaged less than one yard per carry on offense, but did throw for 257 yards. Unfortunately for BC, QB John Fadule's passing line also included 3 INTs. The BC defense had a solid day against the Wolfpack, but like in most of their other games this year, they didn't get any help from the offense. BC has a bye next week in advance of their game against the Irish.,They will try to earn their first ACC win of the season against Syracuse to end the season. Stanford picked up another PAC-12 win against Colorado this week. RB Christian McCaffery had another 100 yard game on the ground, and may have moved up in the Heisman race after Leonard Fournette was shut down by Alabama. While McCaffery was held without a rushing TD, he did throw for one on a trick play. Kevin Hogan had an efficient passing performance going 17/23 for 169 yards. He threw two TDs and his one pick was the Cardinal's only turnover.