The game Arizona State never wanted to play is here. For years, Notre Dame has tried to maneuver out of this matchup to no avail. Luckily for them, they failed.
Notre Dame could use a matchup against a top-10 to bolster its uh…. out of conference schedule before the college playoff selection committee renders its final verdict.
Arizona State is ranked ninth, but who have they really beaten? Okay, Utah, Stanford and USC were ranked at the time they met, but two of those three aren’t ranked anymore, while Utah may not be either after this weekend.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Arizona State sends five or more pass rushers on 55 percent of opponents’ dropbacks, the second-highest percentage for a Power 5 team. On those plays, the Sun Devils rank third among Power 5 defenses in both yards per play and sacks.
The Sun Devils will come after Everett Golson, but the Irish quarterback has shown the resolve to get off the mat after getting knocked down.
He’ll get hit against Arizona State’s pressure army. Notre Dame will hit back.
Notre Dame wins.