The Notre Dame football team takes on a high-powered offense on Saturday against UNC, which means their offense needs to be up for the challenge.
On Saturday, the Notre Dame football team will take on the UNC Tar Heels, a team that has gotten out to a 3-0 start this season. Mack Brown’s squad has played some lesser competition, beating the likes of Florida A&M and Georgia State, but they also have a win against Appalachian State where they put up over 60 points.
For the Irish, this could pose a serious problem, as they have the defense to get stops, but is the offense good enough to keep pace?
Throughout the 2022 college football season, Notre Dame football has struggled to play consistent football on that side of the ball, which could be an issue for the Irish on Saturday. UNC is going to come out and try to score in bunches, and with a slow start like the one on Saturday against Cal, that could put this game away early on.
So what does the Irish offense have to do to keep pace with the Tar Heels?
Notre Dame football has to rely on the veterans on offense
The Irish defense is going to get stops, but if the offense is too vanilla, and they have short drives, it is going to wear out that side of the ball. This weekend, Drew Pyne and Tommy Rees need to rely on the veterans, and we saw last weekend what Chris Tyree can do when he is the focal part of the offense.
Tyree went off against Cal, and he must be involved in the run and passing game this weekend as well. Tight end Michael Mayer may not have filled the stat sheet against Cal, but he did have a crucial touchdown, and just him being on the field is going to open up lanes for the rest of the playmakers on offense.
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Notre Dame football has to control the clock against UNC, as they have the ability to score on every play, so Tyree will be huge, as will the intermediate passing game. The Irish had two players carry the football over 15 times against Cal, another key statistic, so while Saturday could be boring, a low-scoring game definitely favors the Irish.