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Undefeated No. 3 Notre Dame faces No. 12 Syracuse at Yankee Stadium in college football's game of the week


Wed, Nov 14th 2018 06:10 pm
2018 Shamrock Series set for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC
NBC Sports presents the biggest game of the college football slate this week, as the undefeated No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-0) face the No. 12 Syracuse Orange (8-2) at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC in the 2018 Shamrock Series.
If Notre Dame wins its final two games of the regular season against Syracuse and USC, all signs point to a berth in the College Football Playoff. Wins by Syracuse vs. Notre Dame and No. 20 Boston College would bolster the caliber of the Orange's first bowl appearance since 2013.
The Fighting Irish enter Saturday's matchup with Syracuse following a 42-13 win in South Bend against Florida State to remain undefeated in 2018. Brandon Wimbush started at quarterback in place of injured quarterback Ian Book, who missed the game with a rib injury. Wimbush threw three touchdown passes, including a pair to TE Alize Mack, while RB Dexter Williams rushed for 202 yards and two scores on 20 carries. Book is likely to start on Saturday vs. Syracuse.
The Orange are off to their best start since 2001, led by senior QB Eric Dungey. Following a 27-23 loss to then-No. 3 Clemson and a 44-37 overtime loss to Pittsburgh, Syracuse has rattled off four straight wins and scored at least 40 points in all four of those contests, including a 54-23 win against Louisville last week. Dungey rushed for two scores and passed for another, while RB Moe Neal rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
Saturday's Shamrock Series clash at Yankee Stadium is the third offsite clash between the Orange and the Irish in the past five seasons. Notre Dame defeated Syracuse at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey in 2014 and 2016, including a 50-33 Notre Dame victory in the 2016 encounter.
This marks the 27th time the Irish have played at Yankee Stadium, dating back to 1925, a loss to Army at the old Yankee Stadium. More recently, Notre Dame beat Army in the first football game played at the new Yankee Stadium in 2010. Syracuse has played eight times at Yankee Stadium and has gone 7-1 in those games, including a 14-7 win over Notre Dame in 1963.
Lead Notre Dame football play-by-play commentator and Syracuse alum Mike Tirico will call the game alongside Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie (analyst), sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen, and on-air rules analyst Terry McAulay. Liam McHugh will host studio coverage alongside former college and NFL quarterback Chris Simms (studio analyst) on-field at Yankee Stadium.

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