John Heisler | September 19, 2018
Only two teams in the country have played a Big Ten opponent and a Southeastern Conference foe in the first three weeks of the 2018 season – Notre Dame and Purdue.
Yet the eighth-rated Irish are the one of that duo that remains unbeaten.
As usual, that indicates the Notre Dame schedule is not for the faint of heart.
This week the Irish head on the road for the first time this fall against Wake Forest, a team they defeated 48-37 last November in Notre Dame Stadium.
Consider some leftovers from Notre Dame's victory over unbeaten Vanderbilt Saturday afternoon:
1. The Irish are a font of consistency. Notre Dame in three outings has scored 24, 24 and 22 points. Only a missed two-point conversion Saturday against Vanderbilt prevented a trifecta. On defense the Irish have allowed 17, 16 and 17 points. It doesn't get much more consistent than that. The Notre Dame offense has shown flashes in a variety of areas, but the Irish will work on becoming steadier in their attack. If Brandon Wimbush continues to mature in his dual-purpose play, expect Notre Dame to put more points on the board in the weeks to come – even if head coach Brian Kelly understands a real team identity has yet to be established.
2. No one said it would be easy. Kelly noted after the game Saturday that the Irish so far are simply not a team that's going to go out and win 52-3 on a weekly basis. But he likes the physical nature of his squad and the fact his guys have embraced the grind-it-out approach that has been required. Expect more of that blue-collar angle as the season progresses.
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