A week after winning a second half slugfest against rival USC, the 5-2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish leave the cozy confines of Notre Dame Stadium and head to Colorado Springs, where Troy Calhoun's Air Force squad awaits.
For Irish head coach Brian Kelly's offense, a unit that came to a screeching halt after backup quarterback Andrew Hendrix entered the game, Tommy Rees' return—and the Falcons' 118th ranked defense—should get this group get back on rhythm in a hurry. But Bob Diaco's defense will be in for a challenge, playing the first of two consecutive option offenses.
Coming off another loss in the final minutes, Air Force may be 1-6, but they had an extra week to get ready for a date with the Irish, an always-motivating opponent. But the Falcons will need to sort out a jumbled quarterback position and fix a young, inexperienced defense if they want a chance at winning.
Here's everything you need to know before the Irish and the Falcons play.
Time: 5:06 p.m. ET
Place: Falcon Stadium, USAFA, Colo.
TV: CBS Sports Network
Radio: IMG College Sports, SiriusXM channel 129
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