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Staff predictions

| Thursday, November 11, 2010

Douglas Farmer, Sports Editor

At this point, Notre Dame’s back is very much against the wall. At 4-5, the Irish need, absolutely need, two wins to qualify for a bowl game.

Unfortunately, one of those wins will not come this week. There is simply no conceivable way a freshman quarterback throwing to a cast of replacements can lead a stumbling Notre Dame team past the high-powered Utes.

Sure, Utah is coming off an ugly loss. Sure, Notre Dame is at home. So the Irish have some things going for them, but those things don’t usually add up to a saving value. That takes time, which against the wall, the Irish