LAS VEGAS — It has been almost three years since McKenzie Milton performed in a soccer sport, so the 23-year-old quarterback’s comeback from a career-threatening knee harm will probably be an enormous story when he takes the sector Sunday evening for Florida State.
Milton, a graduate switch from Central Florida, has received his final 23 video games as a starter. These wins got here a very long time in the past, earlier than a number of surgical procedures have been wanted to save lots of his proper leg.
Will Milton be the identical participant? How shortly can Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly reload? These fascinating questions will probably be answered when the Combating Irish face the Seminoles in Tallahassee, Fla.
The Irish misplaced 9 gamers to the NFL draft and should exchange quarterback Ian Ebook, who had 30 wins as a starter. It is a weaker Notre Dame crew than the one which completed 10-2 final season with losses to Alabama and Clemson. Kelly nonetheless has loads of expertise to work with, though the quarterback place is a priority. Jack Coan, a Wisconsin switch, will function Kelly’s offense and hand the ball usually to working again Kyren Williams, who rushed for 185 yards in a 42-26 victory over Florida State final 12 months.
Count on to see main enchancment in coach Mike Norvell’s second 12 months with the Seminoles. Weak quarterback play was an issue when Florida State completed 3-6, however Norvell has 17 starters returning, and he’s hoping Milton can recapture the magic he flashed at UCF.
The purpose unfold peaked at Notre Dame -9.5 earlier than sharp cash confirmed on the underdog and moved the road to 7. The Seminoles must be dwell house ’canines.
The choose: Florida State +7.
Clemson (-3) over Georgia
Trevor Lawrence is gone to the NFL, however when he was briefly sidelined final 12 months, D.J. Uiagalelei stepped in and handed for 439 yards within the Tigers’ extra time loss at Notre Dame. Clemson is reloading, and Dabo Swinney is a big-game coach who nonetheless has an elite protection. Uiagalelei has the flexibility to outplay Georgia quarterback JT Daniels on this high-profile showdown at Charlotte, N.C.
UCLA (+2.5) over Louisiana State
Chip Kelly’s fourth 12 months as UCLA coach opened together with his first nonconference win, 44-10 over Hawaii final week on the Rose Bowl. The Bruins take an enormous step up in competitors this week in opposition to LSU, even when the Tigers are a middle-of-the-pack SEC crew. UCLA introduced again 20 starters, together with skilled quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson. Nonetheless in quest of a signature win, Kelly will get the teaching edge in opposition to the Tigers’ Ed Orgeron.
Nevada (+3.5) over CALIFORNIA
Carson Robust is the highest quarterback within the Mountain West and a rising NFL prospect. Robust accomplished 70 % of his passes with 27 touchdowns and 4 interceptions final season, when the Wolf Pack completed 7-2. Cal coach Justin Wilcox is a defensive wizard, however Nevada is powerful sufficient offensively to beat a number of Pac-12 groups.
Final season: 32-24-1.