The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Duke Blue Devils will face off at 2:30 p.m. ET Sept. 12 at Notre Dame Stadium to kick off their 2020 seasons. After an 11-2 record last season and a win in the Camping World Bowl, Notre Dame is coming in with an eye to spark another quality season. On the other hand, last year was nothing to brag about for Duke (5-7), so the squad is looking forward to a new start.
Two offensive numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: The Fighting Irish were eighth best in the nation in passing touchdowns, finishing the 2019 season with 37. Less enviably, the Blue Devils ranked 17th worst in the nation with respect to yards per game last year, where the team accrued only 329.7 on average (bottom 88%). So the Duke squad has its work cut out for it.
Notre Dame has the odds in their favor, so they’ll need to guard against complacency. These early season matchups can go either way as both teams get back into playing shape.