The cupboard wasn't bare when Elko arrived and since the Irish lost 20-19 at home to No. 3 Georgia in Week 2, his defense has been on a roll and so have the Irish - on the field and in the poll, from receiving votes September 10 to ninth six weeks later.
The Irish rush for almost 318 yards per game, while the Wolfpack surrender just 91 yards on the ground.
"I loved the fact that he had come up through the ranks", Kelly said, "because it really is an indicator of your ability to teach and communicate and do more with less". "Everybody else seems to have caught on with this idea that Notre Dame is playing for a playoff spot". The public is now putting 59 percent of the wagers on Notre Dame at home.
The No. 13 Irish dismantled No. 10 USC on Saturday in South Bend, 49-14. N.C. State, re-freshened after a bye week, comes in with six consecutive victories, including stunners over Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division rivals Florida State (27-21) and Louisville (39-25). He also is now second in the FBS with 2.0 tackles for loss per contest.
Notre Damelive stream, start time, betting odds and TV information for Saturday's game between the Wolfpack and Fighting Irish.
NC State has held three Power 5 teams - South Carolina, Syracuse and Pitt - to less than 100 yards rushing, while the Irish have had five games this season with more than 300 yards on the ground, most recently 377 last week versus USC. Then previous year in the Hurricane Matthew monsoon at Carter-Finley Stadium, the Wolfpack beat the Irish 10-3, winning on a blocked Irish punt returned by FS Dexter Wright.
Following an Irish victory on Sunday, Notre Dame would play the victor of No. 2 seed North Carolina and No. 7 Florida State at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 3 at MUSC Health Stadium (Charleston, S.C.). It has not won such a matchup since 1967 versus Houston. The Wolfpack is up to No. 14 in the AP Poll and No. 15 in the Coaches Poll. Today's game takes place from Notre DameStadium in Notre Dame, Indiana and will air live on NBC. Their second game was a 20-19 loss at the hands of the #15 Georgia Bulldogs.
Notre Dame owns a 5-1 all-time record against NC State, including a 4-0 shutout victory on September 24 at Alumni Stadium. Interestingly, Notre Dame's next two opponents, Wake Forest (Nov. 4) and at Miami (Nov. 11), are tied for second with only four apiece. The Irish have gone 2-1 in Raleigh, N.C.
If the Irish can't put Wimbush in favorable third-down situations, North Carolina State will be able to test his recognition skills.
N.C. State is coming off a 35-17 win at Pittsburgh two weeks ago to improve to 6-1 on the season. Ryan Finley is having a great year, throwing for 1,968 yards and 11 touchdowns to lead the offense. His last such toss came versus Miami on November 19, 2016.
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