“You just read this team wrong.” - Brian Kelly— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) December 28, 2019
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Iowa State Cyclones have had some time off and are no doubt ready to hit the field. Notre Dame and Iowa State will compete for holiday cheer in the Camping World Bowl on Saturday at Camping World Stadium at noon ET test. The Fighting Irish have bulldozed their previous four opponents, so Iowa State might have their hands full.
If there were any doubts about the heavy odds in favor of Notre Dame coming into their matchup against the Stanford Cardinal four weeks ago, the squad laid those doubts to rest. Notre Dame took their game against Stanford by a conclusive 45-24 score. Notre Dame QB Ian Book was slinging it as he passed for four TDs and 255 passing yards on 30 attempts.
Meanwhile, it was all tied up 14-14 at halftime, but the Cyclones were not quite the Kansas State Wildcats' equal in the second half when they met four weeks ago. The Cyclones fell to K-State 27-17. No one had a big game offensively for Iowa State, but they got scores from RB Breece Hall and WR Sean Shaw Jr.
Notre Dame's victory lifted them to 10-2 while Iowa State's loss dropped them down to 7-5. A pair of stats to keep an eye on: Notre Dame rank third in the nation when it comes to passing yards allowed per game, with only 163.7 on average. But Iowa State comes into the contest boasting the ninth most passing yards per game in the nation at 318.3. These opposing strengths should make for an exciting matchup.