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The Anti-Preview: #13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish VS Virginia Tech Hokies

For the 4th time in 6 years

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Notre Dame football Brendan McAlinden

For 14 years I have provided the most irrelevant game preview for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish — but I’ve also provide the most relevant fan preview for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (don’t @ me).


The inevitable happened last week, even though I refused to utter the possibility for months. The Irish lost a regular season football game. It’s not that it should be shocking to lose to a top 10 team, but the way in which the Irish lost it was beyond unpalatable. Many stated that the way the Irish were winning this season was unsustainable — and they were right. Poor quarterback play, no running game, mistakes on special teams, and untimely lapses with the defense.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 02 Cincinnati at Notre Dame Photo by Brandon Sloter/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It all produced a very bad showing, and it provided little to build on for the rest of the season. Even the opportunity to make the full pivot to another starting quarterback passed them by as it really does appear as if Brian Kelly is going to go all in on Jack Coan this week.

But... do you want to know who the blood brother of the Irish is this year? You guessed it...

Virginia Tech Hokies

Quite simply — saying this Hokie team is a less talented version of Notre Dame this year is accurate enough. Virginia Tech has massive issues on offense, but does have a fairly stout defense that’s capable of wreaking a lot of havoc with pressure and turnovers. Their “big” win over the North Carolina Tar Heels was impressive in the moment, but losing to the West Virginia Mountaineers and their most recent performance against the Richmond Spiders (21-10) leaves a lot to be desired by turkey lovers.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 25 Richmond at Virginia Tech Photo by Lee Coleman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

What should you be drinking?

We don’t deserve nice things right now. We don’t deserve absolute crap either — it’s basically the same kind of dynamic many of us had in our early twenties. During those years I spent many a night at a little spot in Fort Wayne called The Munchie Emporium (on Maplecrest). I didn’t deserve nice things then, but I also don’t remember giving a fuck either. Irish Mist fit right on in as the chaser to every Budweiser emptied during those strange times. I think right now, after the Cincinnati mess, it’s just about right.

Just make sure this bad boy is in the freezer.

What should you be eating?

I really, really wanted to slide in with the predictable turkey legs — but then I started thinking about Thanksgiving — and then I started thinking about leftovers. Seeing as how this game is a night game, there’s just something about a casserole that just hits right. Make it a breakfast casserole, and now you have something ready to go for the morning after as well.

What should you be wearing?

Despite a terrible mistake last week, I think Chris Tyree is primed for a big role (or at least a big play or two) in his return to his home state of Virginia. Throwing a little support his way is never a bad thing.

The Jet

  • $26

With speed like this, it’s no wonder they call Chris Tyree “The Jet”! 

Officially licensed by college football player Chris Tyree, as part of BreakingT’s RAMP offering.

Adult T-Shirt: Super-comfortable, cotton/poly-blended crewneck in heather navy. Unisex sizing with a snug fit. S-3XL

Hoodie: Premium cotton/poly blended-fleece in navy. Drawcord in natural. Front pouch pocket. Unisex sizing. S-3XL

Youth T-Shirt: Super-comfortable, cotton/poly-blended tee in navy. Unisex sizing. S=6/7, M=8, L=10/12

Women’s V-Neck T-Shirt: Relaxed fit, 100% cotton v-neck in navy. Fits just right without being too tight. S-XL

Designed by Athlete Logos.

Of course... we are going turkey hunting, so you should pair that shirt with anything camo you have in the closet.


Blacksburg striped at night,
Metallica can’t save them.
The Sandman sleeps tight.

Can the Hokies score?
Passing game is short AF.
Pryor brings the heat.

Be sure to submit your own in the comments.

3 reasons to hate Virginia Tech

  • It took them over a year to officially change the record book for longest run in Lane Stadium history.
  • Their intro is the most overrated thing in college football.
  • Others receiving votes isn’t a number.

At the end of the night...

Figuring out that Drew Pyne was (likely) not to be the starter at quarterback over Jack Coan definitely took the wind out of the excitement sails for most Irish fans. Many of us were looking for a fresh start and something new to build on before the bye week. And yet... it may not matter as much as we think. The Hokies offense is not — well it’s not good. They basically refuse to throw past 10 yards, and the Irish defense is more than capable of shutting them out. A decisive slow score win is always a win — but not that much fun. Notre Dame 23, Virginia Tech 10

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