NCAA Football Game of the Week: Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Virginia Cavaliers

The biggest game on the week five college football schedule is a matchup of top-25 teams set to do battle in South Bend, Indiana. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will host the Virginia Cavaliers in game that will be a huge resume builder for whichever team is able to come away with the win. Notre Dame has plenty of hype this season, while Virginia Cavaliers have flown under the radar.

Notre Dame comes into this game with a record of 2-1 after suffering their first loss of the season. The Fighting Irish suffered a close loss to Georgia a week ago, and will be looking to get things back on track. Virginia is a perfect 4-0 on the season, and could vault up the rankings wita win in this game. The Cavaliers have a pair of solid wins so far this season, but this will be the toughest game on their schedule.Notre Dame is an -11.0 point favorite in this game against Virginia.

Book Carrying Notre Dame Offense

The Notre Dame offense has performed well this season, but almost all of that success can be attributed to Ian Book. Book has thrown for over 800 yards and eight touchdowns this season, while also running for over 130 yards. Running back Tony Jones Jr. has racked up 148 yards on the ground, but the Fighting Irish are looking for more offensive weapons this season.

Notre Dame has been solid on defense so far this season, despite being forced to replace several starters from a season ago. The Fighting Irish are allowing just 18.0 points per game through their first three contests, and that should be good enough to win this game. Safety Alohi Gilman leads the team with 21 tackles this season, but this Notre Dame defense is solid.

Virginia Defense Leading the Charge

The Virginia Cavaliers have been terrific on defense this season, even though they have not really faced an offense like Notre Dame. Virginia is also allowing just 18.0 points per game this season, but they will face a real challenge in this game. The Cavaliers defense will need their offense to sustain some long drives to keep their defense off of the field in this one.

Virginia doesn't have a ton of elite talent on the offensive side of the ball, but it hasn't slowed them down this season. The Cavaliers have an extremely balanced offense this year, averaging 236.5 passing yards per game, while also running for 133 yards per game. Virginia will need to use that balance on offense to attack a great Notre Dame defense in this game.

Virginia Keeps This Game Close

Notre Dame is returning home with their first loss of the season, but they played really well at Georgia in the week four loss. The Fighting Irish still have dreams of reaching the College Football Playoffs, but they cannot afford any more losses this season. Virginia is a perfect 4-0 on the season, and they might be one of the most underrated teams in the country. The Cavaliers do not have enough talent to knock off the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in this game, but they will keep it close.Take the +11.0 points and bet the Virginia Cavaliers in this matchup with Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon.