Notre Dame football: 3 big questions to answer against UNC in Week 9
Can the defense shut down UNC quarterback Sam Howell?
Coming into the 2021 college football season, there was not only a lot of buzz around the UNC program but also quarterback Sam Howell. Some 2022 NFL Mock Drafts had him as the No. 1 player taken, and while that has subsided, and some do not even list him in the first round, he is still a quarterback with a ton of talent.
UNC lost a lot on their offense from a year ago, including their top two running backs and wide receiver, and Howell has had to make do with what remains. Josh Downs is a solid player, as is running back Ty Chandler, but the offense revolves around No. 7, and stopping him is key if the Irish want to win this one.
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The Irish are the better team in this game, and all signs point to them coming away with the victory. Notre Dame football is still a longshot to make the College Football Playoff, and all they can do is continue to stack wins, starting with the UNC Tar Heels tonight inside Notre Dame Stadium.