Notre Dame continues its bid for Brian Kelly’s third College Football Playoff appearance on Saturday against what is likely the Fighting Irish’s toughest test of the 2021 season thus far: No. 18 Wisconsin.
The Badgers may have suffered a season-opening loss to Penn State — a team now ranked No. 6 nationally in the AP Top 25 poll — but they managed to bounce back nicely for a 34-7 win over Eastern Michigan. The Badgers followed with a Week 3 bye to prep for No. 12 Notre Dame, a team that has yet to live up to its ranking this season.
The Fighting Irish are 3-0 this season, but none of their wins has done much to engender confidence in this team. They needed overtime and a misfire by Florida State coach Mike Norvell to beat the still winless Seminoles. They followed up a week later with a subpar performance against Toledo, needing a last-minute touchdown from quarterback Jack Coan to beat Toledo. The Irish put their “best” game together against Purdue in Week 3, but they still only won by a final score of 27-14.
Speaking of Coan, Saturday’s game vs. Wisconsin will be a homecoming of sorts for the Wisconsin transfer. He already seems like he’s on pace to match his best season for the Badgers, throwing for 828 yards and eight touchdowns to just two interceptions. He’ll need to have a big game against the Badgers’ defense, which leads the nation by allowing only 33.0 yards per game on the ground.
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Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin score
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All times Eastern
First quarter: Wisconsin 3, Notre Dame 0
12:40 p.m.: One play later, Mertz puts it on the money for a 43-yard gain gain to tight end Clay Cundiff, who makes the over-the-shoulder catch. Badgers driving at the 30.
12:40 p.m.: Heads-up play by Mertz, who gets a shuffle pass off to Chez Mellusi in the act of being sacked. That’s a gain of 4 yards.
12:38 p.m.: Nothing doing for the Irish. They have a three-and-out and are forced to play the battle of field position. Wisconsin takes over at its 23.
12:33 p.m.: Notre Dame’s defense does its job, forcing a three-and-out on Wisconsin’s ensuing drive. The Irish take over at their 41 after the punt.
12:29 p.m.: MISSED FIELD GOAL, NOTRE DAME. Jonathan Doerer can’t get the Fighting Irish on the board. He misses wide right from 39 yards out, three plays after Notre Dame had first-and-goal from the 10.
12:28 p.m.: Oof. Coan is taken down in the backfield for the third time. He trips over his own tackle, Josh Lugg, and loses 9 yards to the Wisconsin 21. No sack, though the defense is getting pressure on him.
12:27 p.m.: Near disaster for Notre Dame: Williams is bottled up in the backfield and fumbles the ball. He jumps back on it, but now the irish face second-and-goal from the 13.
12:26 p.m.: Another first-down completion: Coan connects with tight end Michael Mayer for 6 yards on third down, down to the 10.
12:24 p.m.: There’s a run; Kyren Williams gets 6 yards, down to the 15, against the softened Wisconsin front.
12:23 p.m.: There’s two more first down completions by Coan; he hits Joe Wilkins Jr. for a 18-yard gain to the 37, then Braden Lenzy for another 16 yards to the 21. That’s eight straight passes on this drive.
12:20 p.m.: Timeout, Notre Dame (9:33).
12:18 p.m.: Coan delivers a strike to the sideline on third-and-5 to get a new set of downs; he hits Kevin Austin for 7 yards to get out to the Notre Dame 45.
12:16 p.m.: Coan stands in the pocket on second down and hits Avery Davis for a 20-yard gain. Good reaction after getting sacked twice early. Notre Dame has a new set of downs at the 33.
12:16 p.m.: Wisconsin dials up another blitz and gets Coan again for another 7-yard loss. Notre Dame has it second-and-17 from its 13.
12:15 p.m.: Notre Dame takes over at its 20 following the kickoff.
12:12 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, WISCONSIN. Notre Dame’s defense bends, but doesn’t break. They hold the Badgers to a 37-yard field goal from Collin Larsh. It’s 3-0 Wisconsin with 11:48 remaining in the first quarter.
12:09 p.m.: Wisconsin gets the ball at the Notre Dame 45; Graham Mertz completes his first pass to Kendric Pryor for 22 yards, and the Badgers are already knocking on Notre Dame’s door.
12:07 p.m.: Not a great start for Notre Dame, which gets the ball first: Coan is sacked for a loss of 7 on second down, then nearly throws an interception on third-and-15. That’s a three-and-out, and Wisconsin’s turn on offense is up next.
How to watch Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin
- TV channel (national): Fox
- Live stream: Fox Sports App, fuboTV
Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin will be broadcast nationally on Fox starting at noon ET. Fox’s Big Noon Kickoff and ESPN’s College GameDay will both be live ahead of kickoff in Chicago. Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt will call the game from the booth while Jenny Taft acts as a sideline reporter.
Notre Dame football schedule 2021
|Sept. 6||Notre Dame 41, Florida State 38|
|Sept. 11||Notre Dame 32, Toledo 29|
|Sept. 18||Notre Dame 27, Purdue 13|
|Sept. 25||vs. No. 18 Wisconsin (Chicago)|
|Oct. 2||vs. No. 8 Cincinnati|
|Oct. 9||at Virginia Tech|
|Oct. 23||vs. USC|
|Oct. 30||vs. No. 21 North Carolina|
|Nov. 6||vs. Navy|
|Nov. 13||at Virginia|
|Nov. 20||vs. Georgia Tech|
|Nov. 27||at Stanford|
Wisconsin football schedule 2021
|Sept. 4||Penn State 16, Wisconsin 10|
|Sept. 11||Wisconsin 34, Eastern Michigan 7|
|Sept. 25||vs. No. 12 Notre Dame (Chicago)|
|Oct. 2||vs. No. 19 Michigan|
|Oct. 9||at Illinois|
|Oct. 16||vs. Army|
|Oct. 23||at Purdue|
|Oct. 30||vs. No. 5 Iowa|
|Nov. 6||at Rutgers|
|Nov. 13||vs. Northwestern|
|Nov. 20||vs. Nebraska|
|Nov. 27||at Minnesota|