How many wins will Malik Zaire injury cost Notre Dame?

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish received some bad news this past weekend when starting quarterback Malik Zaire was lost for the season due to a broken ankle.

It was a very gruesome injury that delivered a crushing blow to the team’s College Football Playoff hopes.

In fact, ESPN college football expert Kirk Herbstreit immediately changed his final four when Zaire went down and shared his belief that losing the starting quarterback will cost Notre Dame at least two games.

Was 10-2. Now 8-4. https://t.co/ghDhthMpYM

— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 14, 2015

DeShone Kizer did show some promising signs in relief duty, as he went  8-for-12 for 92 yards and two touchdowns.

Whether he will be able to keep up that success remains to be seen, but it is very important that Kizer does not take a significant step backwards or the Fighting Irish could be poised for a very disappointing finish.

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