Notre Dame and NC State are playing in whipping rain and wind in North Carolina thanks to massive Hurricane Matthew.
In a game that will surely come down to fielding position, the score is 3-0 in favor of NC State. As expected, NC State is feeding their backs and trying to do most of their attacking on the ground. Meanwhile, Notre Dame has gone against conventional wisdom and quarterback DeShone Kizer has thrown the ball 13 times. Kizer is 6-14 for 38 yards and one interception which came inside the five-yard line.
Notre Dame has also struggled to snap the ball effectively with two miscues, one resulting in a turnover.
The Fighting Irish failed to score in the first half for the first time since being blown out in the National Championship by Alabama.
The weather is clearly having adverse effects against both teams on offense. Quarterbacks are having trouble throwing, receivers are having trouble catching and running backs are having trouble planting their feet in the mud underneath them.
The weather will not let up in the second half, and I think I speak for all their mothers when I say: “those boys are gonna get sick.” It hasn’t been entertaining football in the traditional sense, with the only points being an NC State field goal that whirled wildly over the crossbar. Both teams are struggling with it, and for as subpar as the playing field may be, it’s fair for both sides.