It’s the first week of August and camp is underway for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Instead of filling your head with too much information, we offer you these choice nuggets to contemplate.
It was an incredible season for the Redhawks last year. They started off the season 0-6 and then rattled off six straight wins. Bowl loss to the Mississippi State Bulldogs be damned — that’s a pretty nice turnaround for Miami and head coach Chuck Martin.
5 Things You Have To Know
- Quarterback Gus Ragland is the fuel that the Miami offense uses to move the ball. Basically, the Redhawks were 0-6 until Ragland started to play. They went 6-1 after, and Ragland threw for over 1500 yards, 17 touchdowns, and one interception.
- Miami returns four of its starting offensive linemen.
- All of the Redhawks top running backs return. Although it wasn’t a particularly potent running attack in regards to season totals, the final 6 games saw remarkable improvement — the theme for Miami in 2016.
- The Redhawk defense finished 25th nationally, and they return nine starters on the unit. It will be a very veteran football team that walks into Notre Dame Stadium.
- Obligatory Chuck Martin reference ... this will also be a 5:00 p.m. game on NBCSN. There’s a whole lot of strangeness going on, along with a whole lot of nostalgia. Chuck Martin aside, there will be a ton of Ara Parseghian references.
Best Case Scenario
Notre Dame is cruising at this point in the season, but has much more focus than recent Irish teams. Notre Dame puts its talent level on display against the MAC, and pours it on.
Worst Case Scenario
Regardless of Notre Dame’s record, they allow a MAC team to come into South Bend, and forget who they are and what they are doing. Mental lapses, and sloppy play in the fifth game of the season.
Notre Dame 42, Miami-Ohio 21. We get a little of both. I think the Irish start the game strong, fall into a sense of comfort and slack off, and then turn it back on in the 4th quarter.