Notre Dame Football vs. Vanderbilt: 3 Bold Predictions

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 04: Brandon Wimbush
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SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 01: Brandon Wimbush #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs against the Michigan Wolverines at Notre Dame Stadium on September 1, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Wimbush throws two interceptions

Brandon Wimbush is coming off of two career-highs against Ball State. The Irish quarterback threw for a career-high 297-yards and a career-high three interceptions. While there have been bright sides to his game, there have been struggles along the way.

There’s a great chance that Wimbush receives some more bad news against Vanderbilt. Last season, he threw only six interceptions. After two games this season, he’s already thrown four.

There’s a good chance that Wimbush reaches his interception total from last year after only three games.

Last season, Vanderbilt only recorded nine takeaways. That ranked as the second-fewest in the country. This season has already been a major change. Vanderbilt has already recorded six turnovers in their first two games.

Nevada and Middle Tennessee State, Vanderbilt’s previous two opponents, obviously are not the same caliber as Notre Dame. The lopsided scores illustrate that.

But, you cannot overlook the change this team has already made. Three fumble recoveries and three interceptions in two games is something the Irish need to focus on and be ready to avoid repeating.

The only way this prediction comes true is if Vanderbilt can force the issue. They will have to find ways to put pressure on Wimbush. The Notre Dame quarterback has shown struggles when rushed into a decision. Most of the time, this looks like it comes from him throwing off his back foot or into double coverage.

There are two ways to avoid this prediction coming true. The first being that Wimbush remains confident. We saw it against Michigan and we have seen him improve with his arm. Interceptions won’t be an issue if he carries that confidence into this game.

Additionally, Kelly has to let him run. Obviously, no one wants to see the quarterback get hurt, but it’s part of Wimbush’s game. When he has the freedom to move, he opens up a great number of opportunities.