Notre Dame football at Virginia: Game preview and prediction in Week 11

BLACKSBURG, VA - OCTOBER 09: Jack Coan #17 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish attempts a pass against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the first half of the game at Lane Stadium on October 9, 2021 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
BLACKSBURG, VA - OCTOBER 09: Jack Coan #17 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish attempts a pass against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the first half of the game at Lane Stadium on October 9, 2021 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /
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The Notre Dame football team takes on the Virginia Cavaliers in Week 11 and is our game preview and prediction for the matchup.

The Notre Dame football team will travel to Charlottesville, Virginia to take on the Virginia Cavaliers in Week 11 action this Saturday night. The Irish are coming off a strong victory against Navy, one that saw them score 17 unanswered in the fourth quarter to pull away, 34-6.

Unfortunately for the Irish, they lost a big part of their team in the victory, as Avery Davis is lost for the year with a torn ACL.

In his place, true freshman Lorenzo Styles Jr. will make his first collegiate start, and the hope is that he can play as he did against USC, when he went for over 70 yards and a touchdown. The true freshmen have stepped up in a big way this season, even with Blake Fisher going down early with a devastating injury, so look for more of the same down the stretch.

Saturday night, they take on a Virginia team that has a high-octane offense when Brennan Armstrong is under center, as he leads the FBS in total yards this season. However, they also struggled mightily on defense last weekend, as they allowed 66 points to BYU, so even the 49 points they scored were not good enough.

Notre Dame football wins game No. 9 on the season

In that loss to BYU, the Cavaliers were run over by the Cougars rushing game, as Tyler Allgeier ran wild, rushing for a career-high 266 yards and five touchdowns. While Allgeier is a strong back, Kyren Williams is on another level, and he could certainly eclipse the 200-yard mark in this one.

Also in that game against BYU, the Cougars scored 22 unanswered in the fourth quarter, as the Cavaliers looked winded down the stretch. If the Irish can keep their foot on the gas for four quarters, they should be in good shape in this one.

Notre Dame football is the better team on both sides of the ball, and while the spread is not a big one, they could end up winning this game by ten-plus points. Kyren Williams is running the ball at an incredible pace right now, and Marcus Freeman is dialing up great defensive schemes, which is going to be big trouble for this Virginia team Saturday night.

Final Score: Notre Dame 31, Virginia 21