John Heisler | November 16, 2018
It seems like just weeks ago that the Yankees and Red Sox were squaring off in the Bronx in the Major League Baseball American League divisional playoff round.
A month later there's a matchup of ranked college football teams to be played on that same Yankee Stadium grass.
Notre Dame and Syracuse may not be able to talk about their rivalry in the same terms the New York and Boston baseball teams do — yet the matchup has plenty of juicy storylines, including a throwback to the subway alumni days when Knute Rockne brought his teams to Yankee Stadium in the 1920s.
For the Irish, it's their third stop at this site this decade, after a previous Shamrock Series game in 2010 versus Army (in the first football game played in the facility) followed by a 2013 Pinstripe Bowl victory against Rutgers.
Here's what else to ponder in advance of the Notre Dame matchup with Syracuse:
Return to form for Ian Book. The Irish survived the Florida State challenge admirably a week ago, thanks to a determined effort by Brandon Wimbush at quarterback. Ian Book had been playing at an amazingly consistent pace in terms of completing passes — and will he be able to resume that same identity after a break in his weekly rhythm? This appears to be a week where both teams are capable of scoring lots of points—and the team that squanders the most scoring opportunities may be in trouble.
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