Thursday, September 22, 2005

Washington Prediction

Notre Dame is coming off a difficult loss to Michigan State, and the good thing for the Irish is that this week they're playing a team that barely qualifies as a Division I team. Washington doesn't have a lot of offense, as its 73rd in the nation in total offense despite their beat down of the mighty Idaho Vandals. Their defense is just as pathetic, sporting the 78th best run defense in the country and the 60th best pass defense in the country that allowed Air Force, AIR FORCE pass all over them.

Notre Dame, on the other hand, has a very good offense, one that is averaging over 30 points a game, and is 21st in the nation in total offense even though they have not played an Idaho-esque team. And while Notre Dame's pass defense still leaves a lot to be desired, Washington does not have the talent or the coaching to exploit this weakness.

So what do all these numbers mean for Saturday? A game that will be over by halftime. If Notre Dame is not up by at least 3 touchdowns at halftime, I'll be shocked. Remember Notre Dame beat Washington by 35 points last year and that was when Notre Dame had coaches that didn't have a clue. Washington may be better than last year, but it won't be enough to make up for the improvement of Notre Dame's coaching. Both David Wolke and Travis Thomas should see significant playing time in the second half, and it will be yet another rough game for Tyrone Willingham. Notre Dame 49 Washington 17

Sorry Ty it doesn't look too good for your boys Saturday