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Not a whole lot of positivity about the Irish in the room, given the absence of Matty Farrell and Bonzie Colson.

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Jeff Czerniakowski, Staff Writer (11-4 ND Games) (51-25 Bonus Picks)

Virginia Tech Hokies at Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Notre Dame

“Notre Dame. I’ll take the Irish to pull the mini upset. I don’t have much confidence is this pick but Notre Dame will play well at home and I’ll bet on Gibbs to make a big shot at the end of the game.”

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Pat Rick, Editor (11-4 ND Games) (48-28 Bonus Picks)

Virginia Tech Hokies at Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Notre Dame

“Maybe it’s the Hamm’s talking, but for some weird reason I feel this team is going to somehow respond to the news of Matt Farrell being out indefinitely and play a really good game at home against a Hokies team not expecting much of a challenge. TJ Gibbs will play a fantastic game, Rex Pflueger will chip in A LITTLE offensively, and Martinas “The Bird Whisperer” Geben will get at least one dunk while also doing his double-double thing. I think the Irish struggle to win more than a couple games the rest of the way, but I think they somehow pull this off because Brey.”

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Ryan Chichester, Staff Writer (11-4 ND Games) (44-32 Bonus Picks)

Virginia Tech Hokies at Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Virginia Tech

“The Irish are dropping like flies, and the Hokies will take advantage of an Irish team that was struggling with depth even before the injury bug hit South Bend.”

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Bobby Norell, Editor (10-5 ND Games) (46-30 Bonus Picks)

Virginia Tech Hokies at Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Virginia Tech

“The Hokies high power offense will be too much for the Irish to handle. No Bonzie and no Farrell means no win for the Irish. ”

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Austin Gallagher, Staff Writer (10-5 ND Games) (44-32 Bonus Picks)

Virginia Tech Hokies at Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Virginia Tech

“With Matt Farrell out again, things are looking rather bleak for the Irish. Notre Dame is severely outmanned and is collectively running on fumes right now. I expect Brey’s Boys to keep it close, but the hole they’re in as a team is too deep to climb out of.”

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Brad Wechter, Editor (10-5 ND Games) (40-36 Bonus Picks)

Virginia Tech Hokies at Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Virginia Tech

“Notre Dame football was pretty good this past year, though. ‘Member that?”

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