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The Anti-Preview: #10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish VS #18 Virginia Cavaliers

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Anti-Preview The wonderful @phillykelly

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish earned a lot of respect last week in a close loss to the Georgia Bulldogs, but will be looking for a lot more to help them in an early season campaign for a spot in the college football playoffs.

Yeah... they ain’t done with that just yet. Regardless of theories and feelings, Notre Dame is still in the mic because they are still in the top 10 and favored to win their remaining 9 games. To win 9 straight though, you have to start with the first one.

Virginia Cavaliers

The Hoos are 4-0 and ranked in the top 25 this week at #18. They are, basically, the second best team in the ACC — although I’m not sure what that means at the moment. It could mean that Virginia is on a collision course for an ACC Championship game against the Clemson Tigers, and that makes this game in South Bend a lot tougher than Notre Dame’s game against the Michigan Wolverines next month.

Think about that for a moment. Virginia could very well be the toughest game left on Notre Dame’s schedule. Their quarterback, Bryce Perkins, is someone that can make plays with his feet — but unlike Jawon Pass at Louisville, Perkins can hit his receivers for those dangerous extended throws. The Hoos also possess a really nice pair of linebackers in Charles Snowden and Jordan Mack, so this could develop into more of a game than at first glance.

What should you be drinking?

This is certainly one of the most #goacc matchups of the year for the Irish, so I’m digging in with a special treat. I randomly came across this cocktail, and there are very few Anti-Preview drinks over the last 12 years that have been so on point for the game at hand.

Mellow in Monticello

Ginger Syrup

  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1-inch knob of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced into rounds

For the Cocktail

  • 2 fluid ounces (1/4 cup) botanical gin
  • 2 fluid ounces (1/4 cup) wheat beer
  • 1 fluid ounce (2 tablespoons) 2 tablespoons creme de violette
  • 3/4 fluid ounce ginger syrup (recipe below)
  • 1 egg white
  • Angostura bitters

Make the ginger syrup:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a simmer, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add the ginger, remove from the heat, and cover the saucepan.
  3. Let the syrup steep for 30 minutes, then strain into a heatproof container like a Mason jar.
  4. Cool to room temperature before using in cocktails. Extra syrup can be refrigerated up to 1 month.

Make the cocktail:

  1. Pour the gin, beer, creme de violette, ginger syrup, and egg white into the base of a Boston shaker.
  2. Seal and shake vigorously for 45 seconds to 1 minute.
  3. Unseal the shaker and add a handful of ice cubes.
  4. Reseal and shake for 30-45 seconds more.
  5. Strain through a Hawthorne strainer into two architecturally appropriate coupes or other cocktail glasses.
  6. Shake a few drops of Angostura bitters onto each cocktail and serve.

What should you be eating?

All I can think about with Virginia is ham.. SO LETS GO HAM!

Double Smoked Ham with Pineapple Bourbon Glaze

What should you be wearing?

We are still waiting on the weather report from Meteorologist Jude Seymour, but a quick app check sees a mild day with early rain. So... we can certainly do this shit up right.



3 reasons to hate Virginia

  1. If all Notre Dame fans are cops... all Virginia fans are lawyers.
  2. Bronco Mendenhall talked shit about Manti Te’o (we think).
  3. Their basketball team (which is the most ACC thing possible).

Keys to the game

Notre Dame had a players only meeting after the loss to Georgia. Normally this would suggest there are massive issues internally, but in this case — I just think they’re pissed off. They know the loss to Georgia was due to a lot of mental mistakes out on the field, and much like the last loss to Georgia — I think they are wanting to go out and prove themselves.

The key here is to stay on task. The whole trap game narrative from the preseason seems like ancient history now, but they will have to focus and keep their poise for 4 quarters. Finding a running game this week would be a nice start.

Notre Dame v Louisville Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

At the end of the day...

Notre Dame sets out to prove that last week was both the truth and a fraud. They want to let the nation know they are one of the best, and they want to win convincingly. A strong start gives way to a lull back into a game before the Irish pull away in the 4th quarter thanks to Tony Jones Jr. and Jahmir Smith. Notre Dame 31, Virginia 17

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