Staff Picks: Notre Dame vs. Nevada

Irish Illustrated’s staff gives its predictions for Saturday afternoon’s home opener against Nevada.

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Pete Sampson

Mike McGlinchey and Quenton Nelson will play a pissed off game after a few missteps at Texas that cost Notre Dame in key spots. With DeShone Kizer now the clear starter (duh) and the Irish getting back to their base 4-3 defense (duh), the Irish should cruise in the home opener.

Notre Dame might have to create some of its own energy against the Wolf Pack, but here’s betting McGlinchey and Nelson generate enough of it on their own. Let’s predict Devin Studstill’s first career interception too as the Irish turn the page at safety following last week’s debacle.

Notre Dame 42 Nevada 17
2016 Predictions: 0-1

Tim O’Malley

The offense will run at will, the special teams will bounce back from a surprisingly poor outing in Austin, and the defense…well I have no idea.

DeShone Kizer and his green receiving corps might not be technically efficient Saturday (or this month, for that matter) but they’ll make plenty of plays. Look for a big day from C.J. Sanders, both from scrimmage and in the return game and for a huge outing from the running back tandem of Josh Adams and Tarean Folston.

Actually, make that a trio: Dexter Williams begins his ascent Saturday in South Bend.

Notre Dame 45 Nevada 24
2016 Predictions: 0-1

Jack Freeman

Nobody thinks Nevada should beat Notre Dame on Saturday. The Irish have anointed DeShone Kizer as starting quarterback giving them a smart proven winner at the helm. The Irish offense can put up points on a young and vulnerable Nevada defense.

The problem is (as we all know too well) the defense’s inability to tackle or cover the deep ball. Lots of talk about getting back to basics on defense and being more aggressive against Nevada. For now that is just talk and on Saturday it’s time to put up or shut up for Brian VanGorder’s defense.

Notre Dame 45 Nevada 31
2016 Predictions: 0-1

Steve Hare

Notre Dame will bounce back from its double overtime loss at Texas last week but don’t expect it to be much prettier. The Irish are going to give up some yards and points to Nevada and the game will likely be closer than it should be.

Notre Dame 47 Nevada 27
2016 Predictions: 0-1

Anna Hickey

No way this game is close. Notre Dame could probably attempt passes in the single-digits and still put up 20-plus points. Nevada’s front seven is young and small. This could be a game where Dexter Williams not only gets quality repetitions but breaks the 100-yard barrier. DeShone Kizer shouldn’t be in the game in the 4th quarter.

Nevada’s offense relies heavily on its run game, so Notre Dame’s front three…err, four, will have plenty of opportunities to bounce back after last week. Will be interested in seeing O’Malley’s breakdown of “Stuffs” next week. Nevada’s wide receivers are relatively an unknown commodity, so Notre Dame’s secondary should also have opportunities to redeem itself.

Notre Dame 45 Nevada 10
2016 Predictions: 0-1

Jake Brown

Nothing like an inferior opponent to help a team bounce back from a rough loss. DeShone Kizer at the helm means the offense rolls. The only reason it won't score more points is running the ball will help run clock. I've got Kizer with a four-touchdown performance

Notre Dame 42 Nevada 17
2016 Predictions: 0-1

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