Syracuse’s run game goes absent
For the majority of the season, Syracuse’s run game has been relatively impressive. Clemson and North Carolina were the only two teams that completely cut off their run game.
Outside of that, there have also been three games where the Orange have rushed for over 300-yards. Western Michigan, Connecticut and Louisville had no answers.
While it’s not that impressive to rush against those teams, Syracuse is coming off of its season-best 344 rushing yard performance against Louisville, where they tied a season-best five rushing touchdowns for the third time in 2018.
Moe Neal had himself a career day with 159 yards, averaging 19.9 yards per carry.
He was able to find the holes in the middle and explode past the bad defense of Louisville. He capitalized off of a67 and 68-yard runs to make for such a big day.
The Orange’s quarterback, Eric Dungey, is much like Notre Dame’s Brandon Wimbush. The dual-threat quarterback has no problem extending plays with his feet.
Dungey is second in Syracuse’s rushing attack with 690 rushing yards this season but has tried the most with 147 attempts. Either way, he has 14 touchdowns through the air and 12 on his feet.
While Syracuse has been able to embarrass bad teams, Notre Dame’s defense is the best that they have and will see this season.
The Irish front seven have proved that they are nothing to sleep on and may be the best defensive unit Brian Kelly has ever had.
Notre Dame has only allowed an average of 139 rushing yards this season on 3.7 yards per carry. Jerry Tillery and Khalid Kareem have been terrifying runners all season and they will be able to kill any hope of a Syracuse run game.