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D'Andre Swift is expected to have a big game on Saturday.

Paul Finebaum says Notre Dame will get ‘destroyed’ by Georgia

The No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs are a heavy favorite heading into Saturday’s game against No. 7 Notre Dame. In some places, the line is as high as 14-points. 

And it appears the folks and Vegas aren’t the only ones who think this game could be a runaway win for the Bulldogs. ESPN’s Paul Finebaum, appearing on “Get Up”, made a very emphatic case for why the Bulldogs could really have their way with Notre Dame.

“I’m expecting what always happens when Notre Dame goes on the road against a top 5 team — they get destroyed,” Finebaum said. “You hate to call a game on a Tuesday, but I’m calling it. Notre Dame is not going to compete in this game, they do not matchup up well with Georgia. Georgia is so much faster. They have a very solid quarterback, so does Notre Dame, but Notre Dame cannot compete in this environment.”

When the two teams met in 2017, the Fighting Irish lost 20-19 at home. That game was Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm’s first career start and as Finebaum points out, he’s greatly improved since then.

Related: Georgia’s two-minute drill offense shows what Jake Fromm can be at his absolute best

Georgia has won its first three games all by at least three touchdowns. This Georgia team is also potentially better than the 2017 team, as the Bulldogs have signed the No. 1 and No. 2 signing classes in the last two recruiting cycles.

But while plenty of national media folks are expecting a potential blowout, Georgia coach Kirby Smart went out of his way to talk up the visiting Fighting Irish.

“They’ve got a really good football team,” Smart said on Monday. “Got a lot of respect for Coach (Brian) Kelly and the job he’s done and what he’s built there, and their staff actually is one of the best staffs in the country. So good football players, and it should be a great opportunity for both teams.”

Notre Dame has won its first two games of the 2019 season, including a 66-14 thrashing of New Mexico this past Saturday. And while many people might point to Notre Dame’s loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff a year ago, Alabama actually suffered a more lopsided loss to the Tigers in the national title game.

ESPN’s College GameDay will be in Athens this weekend, only further adding to what should be a supercharged environment. Georgia last hosted College GameDay back in 2013.

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