Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) scrambles against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first half of the 2013 BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Football: Predictions - Rice vs. Notre Dame

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Its football time once again in South Bend! The grills are firing up, the field is ready, the fans are pumped, and the air is buzzing. Notre Dame opens the season against Rice. Rice is coming off of a 10-4 season on the back of Charles Ross who rushed to the tune of 1,252 yards last season. Rice is looking for a big win to set off their season and offset their 44-7 loss to Mississippi State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

Notre Dame looks to start the season with a victory. The real story will be the loss of three defensive starters. Notre Dame will look to Golson the returning quarterback who led the Irish to the National Championship before missing a season due to academic issues. Golson won the Quarterback battle and looks to take Notre Dame back to national prominence. Another thing to watch in this game is Notre Dame’s defense they are young and unproven but, no doubt will be tenacious under coach Brian Kelly.

Lead Editor Andrew Hall: Notre Dame 38-Rice 21

Staff Writer Stephen Flood: Notre Dame 38-Rice 13

Staff Writer Justin Powell: Notre Dame 35-Rice 14

Staff Writer Nicholas Blazek: Notre Dame 45-Rice 13

Staff Writer Michael Shields: Notre Dame 45-Rice 16

Staff Writer Manuel DeJesus: Notre Dame 34-Rice 10

Staff Writer Justin Watkins: Notre Dame 35-Rice 28

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