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Notre Dame Football: Hot and Cold Takes for The Virginia Tech Hokies

Bounce Back Week?

notre dame football hot takes Brendan McAlinden

How’d We Do Last Week?

As mentioned last week, I will feature the Most Interesting, Most Wildly Inaccurate, and Most Accurate Takes for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from the previous week. Here we go!


Poetry in motion here from our friend NDOCD.

If you didn’t read this masterpiece with all of their voices playing in your head, are you really a college football fan?

Wildly Inaccurate

All of Us.

2007 Allstate Sugar Bowl: Notre Dame v LSU Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

A lot of us predicted a need to call out all of our bad takes. None of us could have predicted 3 egregious first half turnovers....otherwise this one may have been different.


It’s not much, but sometimes I gotta toot my own horn on Lenzy’s first TD of the year.

With a tough game, it is fun to reflect on a brief joyful moment during this game. Oscar on this call is an electric factory.

Now let’s get to the takes for the upcoming action featuring the Notre Dame Fighting Irish against the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Cold Take

Drew Pyne puts up pedestrian Stats, but is a big reason ND wins.

Cincinnati v Notre Dame Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

I don’t expect Pyne to light the world on fire from a numbers perspective. However, I see him adding a lot of value in areas that aren’t necessarily captured. Some of those include sacks avoided and number of, “keeps” on zone reads. So far, Jack Coan hasn’t taken a single zone read himself.....Pyne seems more equipped athletically to handle this and shows more of a willingness to run. If Notre Dame pulls this one out, it will be on Pyne’s shoulders. With an abysmal run game, it will fall on Pyne to steer the ship. He does so and finishes something like 21-33 with 275 yards 2 tds and 1 int. His performance and leadership outshines his stats in this one.

Bonus Pyne Take
They talk about his mouthguard a ton and bring up Steph Curry in the broadcast...

Golden State Warriors v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images

Hot Take

Prince Kollie Makes an Impactful Play

When I say impactful play I am talking about an Int, forced fumble, sack, or a timely TFL. Last week it became clear that JD Bertrand needs a breather. He is playing every snap and if only there was a freakishly athletic freshman who got a late start to the year......Enter Prince Kollie. This is not an indication that he will start or replace Bertrand, who has been very good. However, Kollie will start to carve out a roll and we will see his first flash this weekend. This is based off of nothing other than Bertrand needing a breather and Kollie being the #2. Kollie missed a chunk of time in covid protocol to start the year, and is hungry to start making some plays.

Your Takes: Please leave your takes below (hot, cold medium-any temp). I will feature the Top Takes next week. GO IRISH!