Notre Dame football vs Marshall: Bold predictions in Week 2

Sep 3, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish safety Brandon Joseph (16) reacts to the missed field goal during the second quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 3, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish safety Brandon Joseph (16) reacts to the missed field goal during the second quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 3, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish safety Brandon Joseph (16) reacts to the missed field goal during the second quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 3, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish safety Brandon Joseph (16) reacts to the missed field goal during the second quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports /

Notre Dame football vs Marshall: Bold predictions in Week 2

The Fighting Irish defense will allow almost as many points as last week.

Marshall scored 55 points against an inferior FCS opponent while racking up 612 total yards. However, the Notre Dame defense slowed one of, if not the, top offenses in the country. The Fighting Irish defense features talent at every single level. This unit possesses the potential to become one of the best defenses in the country.

Notre Dame’s defense will naturally let down after facing the Heisman-hyped-trio of C.J. Stroud, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, and Treveyon Henderson.

However, the veteran-led Irish defense will hold the Thundering Herd to 17 points. More possessions and significant substitutions will allow Marshall to score almost as much as the Buckeyes.

The Irish should roll in this game, and give Marcus Freeman his first victory as a head coach at any level. This is a team that needs to get it going if they hope to get back into the College Football Playoff picture, and they will start that journey with a huge win over Marshall inside Notre Dame Stadium.