Notre Dame closes out the home portion of its 2021 schedule with Georgia Tech on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium.
The Fighting Irish (9-1, No. 8 College Football Playoff) have won five straight since their home loss to Cincinnati to put themselves in prime position for a New Year's Six bowl if they win out. A Notre Dame win Saturday would likely see the Irish move up at least one spot in the CFP rankings as two teams higher in the rankings (No. 4 Ohio State and No. 7 Michigan State) face off against each other this week. Next week, the Buckeyes face No. 6 Michigan, too. While those two games with those three teams will heavily impact how much the Irish move up, it still seems unlikely Notre Dame will make the CFP.
But none of the NY6 bowl talk matters unless the Irish win their next two games against Georgia Tech (3-7) and Stanford (3-7). Notre Dame is a heavy favorite against the Yellow Jackets (17.5 points), and the Irish have won 40 straight against unranked teams and 23 consecutive regular-season games against ACC opponents.
Notre Dame will honor its seniors but won't recognize juniors weighing whether to enter the NFL Draft this spring. Safety Kyle Hamilton, a projected top-10 pick who remains sidelined with an injury, is a given to head to the pros. Running back Kyren Williams and defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey could raise their draft stock by staying another year, but would likely be mid-round selections this year.
The Irish's offense has performed better since quarterback Jack Coan came back into the game at Virginia Tech. He's 81 of 110 for 896 yards and seven touchdowns with only two interceptions in that span. His current clip puts him on pace to set Notre Dame's single-season and career completion percentage records. Not bad for a one-year, graduate transfer wonder who lost his starting job at Wisconsin.
Georgia Tech is in its third season under Geoff Collins, who replaced Paul Johnson. The Yellow Jackets have lost four straight, allowing at least 26 points in each game. Georgia Tech wraps up its season against two top-10 ranked teams with Notre Dame and No. 1 Georgia. The Yellow Jackets offense will have to be firing on all cylinders against the Irish to get the highly unlikely upset win.
Notre Dame is 29-6-1 in the all-time series against Georgia Tech, including winning the past two meetings 31-13 last year in Atlanta and 30-22 in 2015 in South Bend. The Yellow Jackets' last victory in the series came in 2007, with a 33-3 win in 2007 in South Bend.
Spread: -17.5 ND
How to Watch
What: Georgia Tech at No. 8 Notre Dame
When: 1:30 PM CT, Saturday
Where: Notre Dame Stadium; South Bend, Ind.