Notre Dame Football vs. Purdue: 4 bold predictions in Week 3
Purdue’s George Karlaftis Will Have Two Sacks
Notre Dame’s offensive line was always expected to have some issues this year. There was too much turnover not to expect some kind of step back, but this Irish offensive line took a massive step back. It was an inexcusably bad first two games for this offensive line, and now on the third string left tackle, it doesn’t seem like they’ll improve any time soon.
In Week 3, Notre Dame is going to be facing a two-time All-B1G 10 defensive end.
Purdue’s George Karlaftis has been the big man on campus since he got there in 2019. Now a junior, Karlaftis is the ideal size for a rushing defensive end at 6ft 5in and 280lbs. As a freshman, his only full season due to the pandemic, he had 7.5 sacks. His hands are violent and his speed is NFL caliber.
This is not a defensive end that you can let have one on one opportunities against your starting left tackle, let alone your third.
Because of how good Karlaftis is, plus Notre Dame’s struggles on the o-line and Jack Coan’s limited mobility, he is going to dominate. This will show up in tackles for loss in the running game and several sacks that make it tough to move the ball for the Irish offense all day long.