The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team had a rough scheduling matchup in the first week of the 2022 season. They had to play against the Ohio State Buckeyes who are also one of the best college football teams in the country.
Of course, Notre Dame lost despite playing a respectable game and fell in the rankings from five to eight. Ohio State, despite winning, also fell in the rankings from two to three.
That ranking drop is partially because they had a close game (despite it being a quality opponent) and how good the Georgia Bulldogs are. Now, Notre Dame has to work on their own ranking to try and sneak into the four-team playoff at the end.
They are starting behind the eight ball but they have to put that game in the past and learn from it. The schedule lightens up a bit for a few weeks now and it starts with this week’s game against the Marshall Thundering Herd. That should be an easy win for the Irish.
Notre Dame should be able t win this game over Marshall on Saturday afternoon.
Of course, there is truly no such thing as an easy win as you will get destroyed if you treat it that way but Notre Dame should be able to make it look easy because of the talent disparity on both teams. Notre Dame has NFL-level prospects each year and this year is no different.
This is also the first home game for the Irish in 2022 which means that it is the first-ever home game for new head coach Marcus Freeman. It should be an exciting time for him and the rest of the Notre Dame fans in attendance.
Saturday will mark the first time that Notre Dame will ever faceoff against Marshall. That is significant as it is always interesting when two teams that don’t know anything about each other play against one another.
Marshall played against Norfolk State in week one where they destroyed them by a final score of 55-3. That is certainly a blowout game that might give them some confidence but things will be very different for them against the Irish on the road.
Again, this should be an easy win for Notre Dame on thier home field. They are a great team that needs to get both their offense and defense in a rhythm before the schedule gets really hard again.
This game against Marshall should be somewhat telling as far as the rest of the year. If Tyler Buchner is able to play quarterback well enough to get the offense rolling, they will win this game and take the momentum into next week.