- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

Wake Forest (3-6) at No. 6 Notre Dame (8-1), 3:30 p.m. (NBC)

Line: Notre Dame by 26 1/2.

Series Record: Notre Dame leads 2-0.


The Fighting Irish are fourth in the College Football Playoff selection committee rankings and need to keep winning to stay in contention. The Demon Deacons need to beat the Irish, top-ranked Clemson and Duke to avoid a seventh straight losing season.


Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer vs. Wake Forest red-zone defense. Kizer posted a season-best 221.18 efficiency rating last week against Pittsburgh, completing 19 of 26 passes for 262 yards and five touchdown passes as the Irish were 4-for-4 in the red zone. The Demon Deacons rank 12th in red-zone defense, holding opponents to 11 touchdowns and seven field goals on 25 red-zone attempts.


Wake Forest: Sophomore TE Cam Serigne leads the Demon Deacons with 38 catches, three for touchdowns.

Notre Dame: DL Sheldon Day has 11.5 tackles for loss, the most for the Irish since Stephon Tuitt finished the 2012 season with 13. Day also has a team-leading 10 quarterback hurries and 33 tackles overall.


The Irish are seeking to finish 6-0 at Notre Dame Stadium, which would mark just the third time since 1989 they would go undefeated at home. The other times were in 1998 (6-0) and 2012 (6-0). … Wake Forest’s Alex Kinal needs three more punts to break the NCAA career record of 322 set by California’s Nick Harris from 1997-2000. … Notre Dame has 10 touchdowns of 50 yards or more, including a 50-yard punt return by C.J. Sanders. … Wake Forest has lost 12 straight to ranked opponents and is 1-56 all-time against Top 10 opponents. The lone victory came against No. 4 Tennessee in 1946.



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