The Notre Dame Football team is a heavy favorite over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons as they should be, but is a letdown on the horizon?
There was a time when when the Demon Deacons looked like they might be better than expected this season. As they enter the game against the Fighting Irish, they look exactly like the kind of team Marcus Freeman and company can get right against.
The problem here is that the Golden Domers are in a kind of state of flux. Sitting at 7-3 after playing one of their worst games against Clemson a few weeks back, Notre Dame doesn’t have much to play for at this point. Pride only takes a team so far.
The Irish opened the week as 24.5-point favorites over the Demon Deacons. Considering what they did to the last ACC also-ran, that doesn’t seem like a spread that is all that big. But there was a bit reason to play at the top of their game against Pitt.
There was still talk of at least making a New Year’s Six bowl game before Pitt. Then they laid an egg in Death Valley. There is no more talk about NY6 games.
At best, the Fighting Irish want to play well enough to go up against LSU and their old coach.
Notre Dame Football needs to rev it up
There is of course, one reason why Sam Hartman at least might be revved up to play. This will be the first and only time he’ll play against the team where he started his college football career.
Things haven’t gone as planned since he transferred from Wake. He might be going toe-to-toe with the guy that backed him up last year. There’s sure to be reason why he’ll want to win. That’s just the way things go.
As for the rest of the Notre Dame Football team, it stands to reason how they play on Saturday will be indicative of what we can expect for a Marcus Freeman led team. If they don’t really show up to play these last two games, it could be bad for the program’s future.