Thursday, November 15, 2012
Notre Dame prediction: Week 12 vs. Wake
By Matt Fortuna
When Wake Forest has the ball: Keep an eye on Michael Campanaro, who averages more than 8 catches and 77 receiving yards per game. The Demon Deacons, like most teams against the Irish, should have trouble establishing any semblance of a ground game. They rank 111th nationally running the ball, as their retooled offensive line has struggled immensely. Notre Dame's front seven should have some fun.
When Notre Dame has the ball: Much of the same from last week. Notre Dame is strong enough up front to push Wake around and give its backs plenty of running lanes. Quarterback Everett Golson has been more and more active each week with his legs; expect that to continue with the offense still growing under the first-year signal-caller.
Intangible: It's senior day. Many of these Irish upperclassmen have helped restore the glory at Notre Dame, and it will be an emotionally charged day. Expect that to work against the Irish early, as slow starts have become the norm at home.
Prediction: Notre Dame 24, Wake Forest 6. The Irish have just too much for the Deacs, who won't be able to hang around much beyond the first half.