The Irish come back to South Bend for the last true home game for the rest of the season against Wake Forest. This is a blip on the schedule, but there still should be different goals in place. Much like how I described the game against Navy earlier this year, the Irish should use this week as an opportunity to try some things out and see what they’ve got, especially since I think this is the last cupcake opponent for the Irish this year.
I’m really hoping to not see CJ Prosise in anything more than a brief senior day appearance, if that. To be completely honest, I couldn’t find anywhere whether he’s done with eligibility this year or if he has one year due to a redshirt. But either way, this will be his last game at Notre Dame Stadium; I think he’s gone regardless. The Irish need him healthy and ready to go against BC, Stanford, and the playoff/bowl game they will have. No need to risk further injury against a subpar opponent.
That being said I want to see them give Josh Adams a similar workload that they did last week. I realize that they didn’t really have a choice, but he showed some good things. While this should be an easy win, Wake Forest has the 33rd ranked defense in the country, so it gives them a chance to try Adams out against a solid D. I’d also like to see DeShone Kizer’s run game get back on track- whether it was due to bad play calling or bad reads on his part, whenever you total negative yards in a game, you need work.
Defensively, it would make sense to give them a goal. For example, ND hasn’t held an opponent under 20 points since the Week One drubbing of Texas. Let’s try to hold the Demon Deacons below that mark. That should be the goal every week, so I think this should be somewhat of a confidence booster for the squad.
I’m seeing an Irish win by at least 17 points. The only way I think the final score gets exceptionally close is if they stop playing by the end of the game. But, this is it for games that should be easy. Notre Dame needs to capitalize.