Georgia Tech-Notre Dame Preview Capsule
The Associated Press
Sep. 17, 2015
No. 14 GEORGIA TECH (2-0) at No. 8 NOTRE DAME (2-0), 3:30 p.m. (NBC)
Line: Georgia Tech by 2.5.
Series Record: Notre Dame leads 27-6-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The Fighting Irish aim to show they can overcome season-ending injuries to four starters, including quarterback Malik Zaire, and still compete for a playoff spot. The Yellow Jackets looking to prove they're an elite team after easy victories over Alcorn State and Tulane.
Georgia Tech cornerback D.J. White vs. Notre Dame WR Will Fuller. Fuller has four touchdown catches in two games, including three for 39 yards and longer. The 6-foot, 184-pound junior has 12 catches for 266 yards and has been running past defenders, as shown in his-game winning catch vs. Virginia. White, a 5-8, 188-pound senior, led the Yellow Jackets last season with eight pass breakups and four interceptions and already has an interception this season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech: QB Justin Thomas. Thomas last year set a school record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 1,086. He triggers Georgia Tech's triple option with precision, completing 10-of-13 passes for 151 yards and rushing for 73 yards on 13 carries.
Notre Dame: DL Sheldon Day is credited with only two tackles through two games, but he's been a disruptive force for the Irish with four quarterback hurries and drawing offside and holding penalties by opponents.
FACTS & FIGURES
Georgia Tech's offense hasn't had a three-and-out yet this season. The Yellow Jackets had only seven all last season. ... Georgia Tech has rushed for at least 200 yards for 16 straight games. ... Georgia Tech has never beaten a top 10 Notre Dame team. ... Notre Dame has started 3-0 only three times since the Lou Holtz era ended in 1996 (2002, 2012, 2014). The Yellow Jackets have started 3-0 three of the past four seasons. ... Notre Dame is one of three schools to open with three teams from the Power 5 conferences. ... Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is seeking to become just the sixth coach to beat Notre Dame at two different schools. He previously coached at Navy.