Greg McElroy previews Ohio State-Notre Dame clash, predicts winner
Greg McElroy is excited for the upcoming clash of titans that will be Ohio State-Notre Dame in Week 4.
On the latest episode of the Always College Football podcast, McElroy previewed the game and provided his pick for who will come out on top. McElroy noted this is the kind of game Notre Dame has been close to winning in recent years but has ultimately fallen short.
“It feels like Notre Dame on multiple different occasions has been close, but in games like this they have failed to deliver,” said McElroy.
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While Sam Hartman brings a lot to the passing game, the running game could be a factor for the Ohio State defense. Stopping the Notre Dame rushing attack could be crucial. Audric Estimé currently leads the country in rushing, with 521 yards and 5 touchdowns.
He’s averaging 8.3 yards per carry, and he’ll serve as the toughest test yet for the Buckeye run defense.
“So far, so good for Ohio State, but (the Indiana game) is not really a good indicator of whether or not they’re going to have success against the Irish,” said McElroy.
McElroy ultimately believes that Notre Dame will come out on top. He thinks that the Fighting Irish will slow the game down and keep the Ohio State offense off the field.
“I’m taking Notre Dame. I think Notre Dame has the recipe. Michigan has provided the blueprint for everybody,” McElroy said. “I think they’ll slow the game down. I think they’ll get the Ohio State offense out of rhythm. And I think the Notre Dame offense has enough in the trenches to be able to neutralize what is a question mark along the offensive line for Ohio State. I think they’ll be able to slow down the run game well enough, too.
“I think Notre Dame has been building towards this moment, it’s a huge opportunity for them, and I think they’ll make the most of it on Saturday in what should be one of the biggest wins in recent program history.”
Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.