When: 1:30 PM CT, Saturday, September 15, 2018
Where: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Indiana
The last time Vanderbilt went to Notre Dame, Vanderbilt came into the game on a three-game losing streak that would ultimately reach nine games when all was said and done; the Commodores lost that game 41-0 on their way to a 2-9 season.
At least one side of things hasn’t changed. Notre Dame comes into today’s game ranked in the top 10; the Irish in 1995 were ranked #24 at the time of the Vanderbilt game, thanks mostly to a season-opening loss to a Northwestern team that was lightly regarded at the time but ended that season in the Rose Bowl. Notre Dame would end 1995 9-3 and ranked 11th.
Vanderbilt, on the other hand, has already matched its 1995 win total in the first two weeks of the season: the Commodores are 2-0 coming off back-to-back drubbings of MTSU and Nevada. In the preseason, we looked at the Notre Dame game as a reality check after two teams that Vanderbilt should beat — but on the heels of the impressive performances and Notre Dame’s, ahem, turd against Ball State last week, we can believe, right? The Vegas line is 13.5, but S&P+ thinks the final score will be 24-20, Notre Dame.
Yeah, this is a game we can win. Yeah, we’re probably high while writing this. Have fun.