Notre Dame will not surpass 200 rushing yards.
To start out the season, there wasn’t much of a running game. With 253 total rushing yards over the first two games for Notre Dame made it seem like there was an irreplaceable hole to fill with the departure of Josh Adams.
More from Notre Dame Fighting Irish
- PointsBet Promo: Bet $50, Win an Official Jersey at Fanatics!
- Caesars Indiana Sign-Up Promo: Win $250 GUARANTEED Bonus Betting on Notre Dame This Week!
- FanDuel + DraftKings Indiana Promos: Bet $10 on Notre Dame, Win $400 Bonus GUARANTEED!
- New Caesars + DraftKings Indiana Promos: $450 GUARANTEED Bonus Backing Notre Dame vs. Navy!
- FanDuel Indiana Promo: Back Sam Hartman to win Heisman With $1,000 No-Sweat Bet
Their worth was much more visible in the last three games when the Irish rushed for 245, 241 and 272 yards respectively.
The 272 rushing yards that came in last weeks victory over Stanford had more to do with the long-awaited return of Dexter Williams. After missing the first four games, Williams popped off for 161 yards averaging 7.7 yards per carry.
The first time he touched the ball it was evident how ready he was. The running back slipped right through Stanford’s defense and put on the jets for a 45-yard touchdown.
Williams’ success came at a price. After the game, Williams mentioned that he had never been so sore after a game, which makes sense considering the last meaningful game he played in was the Citrus Bowl on January 1st and he’s never had this type of workload. Kelly has also mentioned that there will not be a limit on his workload this weekend.
It will all come down to how Williams recovers and how much gas he will have for Virginia Tech. With Jones Jr. suffering an ankle injury, we don’t know how much of an impact he will have on the game. On top of that, Armstrong is not expected to be available with an infected knee.
It’s likely that more pressure will be put on Williams and Notre Dame will have a slower running day.