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Wake Forest at Notre Dame

When: 3:30 p.m. today

Where: Notre Dame Stadium (80,795/grass), South Bend

TV: NBC

Radio: 1190 AM, 92.3 FM, 107.3 FM

Records: No. 3 Notre Dame 10-0; Wake Forest 5-5

Line: Notre Dame by 24

Series: Notre Dame leads 1-0

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Notre Dame

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 26.1 (77th in NCAA)

Yards per game: 403.3 (61st)

Passing yards per game: 204.6 (90th)

Rushing yards per game: 198.7 (33rd)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 11.1 (T-1st)

Yards per game: 295.2 (8th)

Passing yards per game: 199.3 (24th)

Rushing yards per game: 95.9 (6th)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: RB Theo Riddick, 714 rushing yards, 4 TDs; QB Everett Golson, 1,572 passing yards, 8 TDs, 4 INTs; TE Tyler Eifert, 470 receiving yards, 3 TDs

Top 3 defensive players: LB Manti Te’o, 92 tackles, 6 INTs, 2 FR; DE Stephon Tuitt, 37 tackles, 11 sacks; CB Bennett Jackson, 52 tackles, 4 INTs

Key to victory: Notre Dame can get after a quarterback, ranking ninth in sacks per game with 3.1.

Injuries: WR DaVaris Daniels (clavicle), K Nick Tausch (groin) questionable; S Jamoris Slaughter (Achilles), CB Lo Wood (Achilles), S Austin Collinsworth (shoulder), TE Alex Welch (knee), DE Chase Hounshell (shoulder), OL Tate Nichols (knee) out

Wake Forest

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 20.1 (70th)

Yards per game: 309.7 (111th)

Passing yards per game: 207 (87th)

Rushing yards per game: 102.7 (111th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 28.9 (70th)

Yards per game: 417.8 (78th)

Passing yards per game: 260.9 (98th)

Rushing yards per game: 156.9 (63rd)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: QB Tanner Price, 1,965 passing yards, 12 TDs, 6 INTs; WR Michael Campanaro, 618 receiving yards, 6 TDs; RB Josh Harris, 607 rushing yards, 5 TDs

Top 3 defensive players: LB Justin Jackson, 75 tackles, 4 sacks; CB Kevin Johnson, 53 tackles, 3 INTs, 12 breakups; S A.J. Marshall, 61 tackles, 2 INTs, 4 breakups

Key to victory: Wake Forest needs to hit its perimeter receivers for big gains early to hold off a Notre Dame pass rush.

Injuries: OT Steven Chase (knee) questionable; OG Dylan Heartsill (back); OG Antonio Ford (leg); WR Matt James (collarbone); TE Neil Basford (Achilles) out

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– Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette

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