Notre Dame Football

3rd & 1: The Top 3

This week’s Top 3 features a new team at #1 while another proves their worth at week 10.

No. 1 Georgia – The Bulldogs have taken the top spot over Alabama, who have been #1 since the start of season, after a stellar performance against Florida.

Georgia dominated the first half against the Gators, scoring 21 points within the first quarter. Nick Chubb started with a 6-yard run and Javon Wims followed shortly after with a 17-yard pass.

While the Gators prevented Georgia from scoring in the second, Sony Michel followed his first quarter touchdown up with another.

Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm went 4 for 7 in 101 yards, allowing one interception within 60 minutes.

Georgia could use some improvements on their passing game, but nothing this season has been a cause for a sense of urgency. Georgia has proven it can get by on their own and it seems to be working.

No. 2 Alabama – Alabama’s drop this week is not a surprise, but they’ve got much more room for improvements with what they showed two weeks ago against Tennessee.

Alabama doesn’t have any problems with passing or running game like other teams, however their own worst enemy always ends up being themselves. Alabama went 5 for 38 in penalties against the Volunteers 1 in 10.

No. 3 Notre Dame – Notre Dame’s solid performance against NC State gives them a six position gain and in the Top 3.

Notre Dame’s start wasn’t a good one with a blocked punt return ending in a touchdown by their opponent, but the Fighting Irish quickly turned things around.

Durham Smythe put Notre Dame on the board with a 25 yard pass. After giving up a 15 yard pass touchdown to NC State’s Kevin Harmon, Notre Dame controlled the rest of the game in scoring.

Cornerback Julian Love returned an interception for 69 yards with a touchdown, while Josh Adams rushed for 202 yards. Brandon Wimbush went 10 for 19 in 104 yards.

The Fighting Irish have consistently improved these last few weeks. Their performances against ranked teams have landed them here. How will they fair going forward? They face Wake Forest to home on November 4th to put their skills to the test.