NCAA Football Preview – Texas Longhorns @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish

NCAA Football Preview – Texas Longhorns @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Texas Longhorns @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Week One of College Football action continues on Saturday as we’re treated to a weekend full of games. Later on in the evening sees an intriguing fixture in South Bend, Indiana, as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish return to the field for the 2015 season. They will be hosting the Texas Longhorns.

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The Texas Longhorns introduced Charlie Strong to the program last year in what will be considered a disappointing season, going 6-7 overall, but 4 of those wins coming in conference play, meaning they finished 5th in the Big 12, tied with Oklahoma. They made it to a Bowl Game but got blown out by Arkansas. Tyrone Swoopes gets the nod at QB following a 2,409 yard, 13 touchdown, 11 interception season. He will need to be on his best as Coach Strong is high on Jerrod Heard. The uninspiring offensive line of last season retains three seniors meaning they are a problem unit. The same goes for Marus and Daje Johnson who are senior of an underwhelming receiving unit. The Texas front seven looks like the most talented unit on this team.

After starting the season back with Everett Golson under center, and going nearly two months undefeated, a four point loss to Florida State saw the Fighting Irish  concede 39 point to Navy Football, and then lose four straight against Arizona State, Northwestern, USC and Louisville. They redeemed themselves with a Bowl win against LSU. With Golson transferred to FSU, Malik Zaire gets the starting Quarterback spot this season, and although light on experience, he showed bundles of talent after taking over from Golson last year. Their skills positions are fixed with Tarean Folston leading the running charge and a crop of emerging receivers. Their offensive line is bolstered by veteran presence. The Notre Dame defence struggled after losing Joe Schmidt last season but he’s back to fortify the great pass rush with Sheldon Day and Jaylon Smith. They also have one of the best lockdown corners in the country in KeiVarae Russell.

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Charlie Strong came into Texas, picking up a broken team who have suffered from not properly developing their players for several years. In year two of Coach Strong’s era, it’s still a time for development which has been obvious from the fact that there will be four true freshman taking the field today as starters. Texas are a team on the up and Charlie Strong will be stamping his brand on this team over the next three or four seasons, but for now, they’re still looking underwhelming. Coach Strong’s defensive prowess will help this Texas defence who looked good last year, but it will be the offence who let them down. I feel that Swoopes is in over his head against a Notre Dame defence who are looking dangerous throughout. Coach Brian Kelly is heaping praise on this team saying they might be the most talented crop of Fighting Irish in the last 20 years which means expectation are high. I don’t think Tyrone Swoopes will do much damage against this Notre Dame defence and I expect Malik Zaire to shine bright for this Fighting Irish team in what is undoubtedly the biggest game so far in his career. I like Notre Dame to win by two touchdowns or more, thus covering the 9.5 spread comfortably.

Dan Glozier.

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