5 Bold Predictions For Northwestern vs. Notre Dame

By Patrick Leiva

5 Bold Predictions For Northwestern vs. Notre Dame

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Notre Dame looks to rebound following their crushing loss last week that knocked the Irish out of the College Football Playoff. Meanwhile, Northwestern looks to add a signature win and make it two consecutive victories against the Irish. Here are five bold predictions for the game in South Bend.

5. Nyles Morgan Will Lead Notre Dame in Tackles

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5. Nyles Morgan Will Lead Notre Dame in Tackles

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Morgan, making only his second career start and his first start inside Notre Dame Stadium, enters the contest with 12 tackles and one tackle for loss. Morgan will add 10 tackles to his season totals and double his number of tackles for loss against Northwestern.

4. Brian Kelly Will Commit to the Running Game

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4. Brian Kelly Will Commit to the Running Game

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Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is a pass-first, spread guy. However, after being forced to abandon the running game last week, Kelly will emphasize the running game to help provide balance to the offense. With the weather expected in the high-20s, I expect the Notre Dame running game to rush at least 30 times for more than 180 yards.

3. Kyle Prater Will Score Against the Irish

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3. Kyle Prater Will Score Against the Irish

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Kyle Prater, the one-time five-star and Notre Dame recruit, would like nothing better than to defeat the Irish. Prater leads the Wildcats with 37 receptions for 372 yards on the year, but only one touchdown. I expect Prater to find the end zone against a Notre Dame defense that has been susceptible defending the pass after allowing three touchdown tosses last week.

2. Everett Golson Will Not Commit a Turnover

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2. Everett Golson Will Not Commit a Turnover

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There would be nothing that Irish fans and head coach Brian Kelly would like to see more than a clean performance from quarterback Everett Golson. After hearing all week about his turnovers, Golson will take care of the football and account for four total touchdowns as the Irish roll over the Wildcats.

1. Malik Zaire Will Complete His First Collegiate Pass

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1. Malik Zaire Will Complete His First Collegiate Pass

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Redshirt freshman quarterback Malik Zaire will see action beyond his new placeholder duties and complete his first collegiate pass against Northwestern. Zaire, who has rushed for 73 yards on the season, will come into the fourth quarter of an Irish rout.

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