MVP will be Ian Book
If you haven’t noticed by now or it hasn’t been made clear, it is highly unlikely that Wimbush will play the whole game. Honestly, it might be likely that we see Book for the majority of the game.
After the big start, it will be Book quickly coming in to provide relief. At that point, it’s up to Book to prove himself. We know he’s talented. He showed that against North Carolina and LSU last season.
But Book, just like Wimbush, has the motive to play well for the rest of the team.
It’s been well known that Wimbush was going to be the starter this season, but Book was going to be ready go whenever he would be called. This is an opportunity for Book to show us that he is ready.
Ian Book will be playing at the core of the game — probably not at the beginning or the end — but right when it matters. To make sure the Irish don’t let go of a lead, the pressure will be on him.
Not only will he likely be playing during a very important part of the game, but also he has the opportunity to display his talent via the weapons around him. Notre Dame’s receiving corps is solid.
Chris Finke may have been the unsung hero against Michigan. No one expected him to have as great of an impact as he actually did. Coming into the season, most eyes were on Chase Claypool and Miles Boykin. Not only are they Notre Dame’s two top targets, they are largest targets from a physical standpoint as well.
With Book’s strength over Wimbush being how well he throws the ball, this gives him a huge opportunity to have a big game.
Book will be your MVP versus Ball State due to the extra playing time and the weapons he’ll have around him.