NC State has held three Power 5 teams - South Carolina, Syracuse and Pitt - to less than 100 yards rushing, while the Irish have had five games this season with more than 300 yards on the ground, most recently 377 last week versus USC. He ruined it in a major way, intercepting Finley in the third quarter and taking the ball 69 yards for a touchdown.
When the No. 9 Irish and No. 14 Wolfpack meet Saturday at 3:30 p.m.in a matchup of 6-1 squads, it pits the nation's sixth-ranked rushing attack against the sixth-ranked rushing defense. With 18th best redzone defense in the country, the Irish might be able to stop a relatively weak Wolfpack redzone offense.
33 trucking: That's the hashtag (#33trucking) Notre Dame's official account is using to launch a campaign for Josh Adams to win the Heisman Trophy. Notre Dame is now rushing for 317.86 yards per contest.
2 North Carolina State and triple-option team Georgia Tech are the only two teams in the country who have not thrown an interception this season. A seven-point loss to SC in the opener may come back to haunt the Wolfpack, but NC State has since reeled off six straight wins including triumphs over Louisville and Florida State. Adams is now averaging a whopping 9.2 yards per carry and looks like one of the best running backs in all of college football. He had just two carries. The Wolfpack (6-1) have reeled off six straight wins behind DE Bradley Chubb and a defense that is the league's toughest against the run, allowing 91.3 yards rushing per game. NC State finished with 24 carries for 50 yards. NC State's entire offensive line didn't move - thinking it caught Notre Dame offside with an early snap - and Ryan Finley ended up throwing his first interception in 340 passes.
The weather's fine in South Bend, but Notre Dame's looking a lot like last year's slop fest in the mud against NC State. And, quite frankly, we think Notre Dame will be at No. 4 in that CFP set. They absolutely load up on one side and come for this kick.
In two previous games against the Wolfpack, Notre Dame has failed to score a touchdown. That defeat now looks much better with the Bulldogs sitting at No. 3, and the Fighting Irish have gone on to enter the playoff discussion with blowout victories over Michigan State and USC.