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The Journal Gazette

Friday, November 10, 2017 5:30 pm

Capsule: Notre Dame at Miami

When: 8 p.m. today

Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Records: Notre Dame (8-1), Miami (8-0)

TV: ABC

Radio: 1190 AM, 107.5 FM

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Notre Dame defense vs. Christopher Herndon IV: Miami's 6-foot-4, 253-pound senior has 32 catches for 392 yards and four scores. Each of those numbers ranks second on the team. In nine games opposing tight ends have only 23 catches against the Irish for 242 yards, led by Cam Serigne's 48 yards on five catches for Wake Forest. Notre Dame has limited the group to one touchdown, by Wake's Jack Freudenthal last Saturday. "Herndon may be the best tight end we see all year," Irish coach Brian Kelly said.

Injuries: For Notre Dame, second-string halfback Dexter Williams (thigh) is probable. Backup wide receivers Cam Smith (hamstring) and Freddy Canteen (shoulder) and backup defensive tackle Elijah Taylor (foot) are out. … For the Hurricanes, starting running back Mark Walton (ankle), backup defensive end Demetrius Jackson (lower-extremity) and backup linebacker Jamie Gordinier (knee) are out.

Notre Dame offense vs. Miami third-down defense: Jackson (6-3, 265 pounds) was a part of the Hurricanes' third-down package, playing inside in obvious passing situations. He had 7.5 tackles for loss, tied for most on the team, including 3.5 sacks. Without Jackson on the field, the Irish will have better odds of converting those crucial third-and-long plays.

Prediction: Notre Dame 28, Miami 23

– Chris Goff, The Journal Gazette

cgoff@jg.net