Dexter Williams (RB)
Dexter Williams has helped ignite the Notre Dame rushing attack since returning from suspension in week five. In the six games he has played in, he has 113 carries for 770 yards and ten touchdowns. After a monster performance against a top-ten rushing defense (in yards per rush attempt allowed), all signs are seemingly pointing towards another great game this weekend.
Syracuse has never been known for their defense. The Orange are currently ranked 79th in yards per rush attempt allowed — giving up 4.4 yards per carry. Williams, on the other hand, is averaging 6.8 yards per carry this season.
If we split the difference of those two numbers, we get 5.6 yards per carry. If you then multiply that number by Williams’ average carries per game (18.83), you can project a game in which he rushes for 105 yards.
In addition to that, Notre Dame’s offensive line looked much better last week against a formidable Florida State front seven. After some restructuring earlier this season, this group seems to be trending in the right direction.