Massachusetts Minutemen vs. No. 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
When Malik Zaire went down with an ankle injury, all hope went out the window for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as they were just starting to look like a top-10 team with a serious shot of making the College Football Playoff.
However, Zaire’s backup, DeShone Kizer, is playing so well that he might be named the starting quarterback for the 2016 season opener if he keeps up his solid pace. Kizer is completing 67 percent of his passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns, doing just enough to keep the Irish unbeaten without their start QB. He even helped Notre Dame past No. 14 Georgia Tech at home.
Kizer has had help on the offensive side of things, though. Senior running back C.J. Prosise is a breakout star for the Irish, rushing for 451 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 7.6 yards per carry. Also, junior receiver Will Fuller is as sure-handed as they come. He’s caught 18 passes for 397 yards and three touchdowns. The defense, as usual, is solid.
Shifting gears to UMass, the Minutemen’s defense has been subpar so far through two games. Allowing over 500 yards of total offense per contest is something that is sure to hamper them in the week four game against Notre Dame’s potent attack.
Senior quarterback Blake Frohnapfel will do his best to try and minimize the gap between the two teams as he may be the only bright spot on the offensive side of the ball — outside of receivers Tajae Sharpe, Marken Michel and Rodney Mills. Frohnapfel has thrown for 618 yards and four touchdowns, still looking for his first win of 2015.
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