Notre Dame Football: Predicting the outcome of today’s game with USF

Brian Kelly (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Brian Kelly (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Notre Dame football takes to the field Saturday, looking to build off an opening week win. The Irish play host to the Bulls from the University of South Florida.

Notre Dame football will take to the field Saturday for a matchup with the Bulls of South Florida. The Irish are coming off a win against the Duke Blue Devils in their season opener and are looking to build on their efforts on their way to 2-0. Here’s what our staff has to say about today’s game.

Carlee North

Notre Dame should and needs to have this game handled by halftime. I would expect Book to also play much better in week two and having Braden Lenzy back will be a bonus. Ian Book must play better is another way to put it.

As for defense, just keep doing what they do and that’s what I’d expect, along with a few turnovers and multiple sacks. They should have no problem getting in the backfield all day long. If Kyle Hamilton does play, he shouldn’t play much because the Irish should have this game handled, which should let his sprained ankle heal up as much as possible. How about let’s see some of the young receivers and defensive backs as well — that would be nice for this game against South Florida. Notre Dame takes care of business, winning 42-13 and moving to 2-0 on the season.

Andrew Hall

The Bulls are the least talented team that the Irish will face in 2020. The lack of talent on USF and a better performance from the Irish offense will equal a big Notre Dame victory on Saturday afternoon. Notre Dame 41, South Florida 7.

Daniel Morrison

The Bulls are in a complete rebuild, recently struggled to score on The Citadel, and are still trying to decide on a quarterback. Brian Kelly gets his revenge. Notre Dame 38, USF 7.

Jack Leniart

This Saturday, Notre Dame will face one of the few FBS teams who they have yet to beat in a college football game. I think it’s safe to assume they will be able to cross USF off that list once the game clock in Notre Dame Stadium hits zero. The Irish will again be big favorites in this contest, and for good reason. After a subpar performance against Duke last weekend, I think Notre Dame will start fast and jump out to a comfortable lead. Notre Dame 34, USF 10.

Matt Clark

Notre Dame is too strong for a rebuilding USF team who is still trying to pick a starting quarterback and plans to use four different players at the position against the Irish. USF also used 11 different ball carriers last week against The Citadel, suggesting they don’t have a defined run game. I believe USF currently lacks the talent and continuity to hang with this talented Irish roster. I predict the Notre Dame defense is stifling & Book and the offense click this week in a dominant 52-7 victory over USF.

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Ben Belden

To echo what pretty much everyone else said, Notre Dame is a much better football team than South Florida. I don’t expect the Irish to play perfect in this one, giving up one touchdown while the game matters and a second in garbage time. The Irish should move the ball easily against South Florida and Ian Book and Kyren Williams will have big days. Notre Dame wins, 45-14.