Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Rice Owls Complete Game Preview

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Rice Owls Complete Game Preview
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After an eventful preseason camp, Notre Dame will kickoff its 2014 season when Rice visits South Bend on Saturday afternoon. Coming off a 10-win season, David Bailiff's Owls hardly resemble the previous Rice squads that went winless against Notre Dame, with those past teams only managing a single touchdown in the four games between the two programs. 

For Brian Kelly's Irish, it's an opportunity to see Everett Golson back on the football field, his first game in over 600 days. It's also the debut of new coordinators Mike Denbrock and Brian VanGorder, with expectations set for both units if Notre Dame wants to challenge for a spot in the College Football Playoff.

With Kelly pronouncing that the Irish's four academically suspended players will miss Saturday's game on Tuesday, it means the team will be without starters DaVaris Daniels, KeiVarae Russell and Ishaq Williams. But Rice has suffered a few injuries during fall camp, including a foot injury to star receiver Jordan Taylor that has him still questionable for Saturday. 

The last time Notre Dame played Rice, Lou Holtz's Irish squad kicked off their 1988 national championship season with a 54-11 victory. Let's take a closer look at Saturday's matchup. 

 

Date: Saturday, Aug. 30

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

Place: Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana

TV: NBC

Radio: IMG College Sports, SiriusXM Channel 129

Spread: Notre Dame -21, according to Vegas Insider

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