Already heavy underdogs and with an uncertain quarterback situation of their own for Saturday night’s game in South Bend, FSU may have caught a break with an injury to Notre Dame’s signal-caller.
Reports are out Thursday morning that Irish starter Ian Book suffered a broken rib in Notre Dame’s victory Saturday night at Northwestern, which put them at 9 – 0:
#NotreDame QB Ian Book will miss Saturday’s game vs. Florida State.
— Irish Sports Daily (@ISDUpdate) November 8, 2018
Book took several big hits as the game wore on and the Irish eventually outlasted the Wildcats.
He currently leads the NCAA with a 74.5% completion rate and has thrown 15 touchdowns with just four interceptions in the last 5 games.
Seminoles coach Willie Taggart was asked about the Book injury and what impact it would have if he is unable to play Saturday night. According to Tallahassee.com Taggart told the media,
“I don’t think it impacts preparation. A lot of the work is in the books now and I don’t think their offense is going to change much… They have a capable backup quarterback that’s played a lot for them and won some games too. We’re going to continue to prepare like we’ve been preparing and be ready for whatever comes our way on Saturday.”
Notre Dame will likely turn back to Brandon Wimbush, who began the year as their starter and actually led them to the win over Michigan. However, he was inconsistent throwing the ball and threw 4 interceptions with just one TD pass in his time at the helm.
Meanwhile, coming off of a game where reserve quarterback James Blackman threw for over 400 yards and four touchdowns in the defeated NC State, Taggart has yet to definitively say if Blackman will start this week against Notre Dame. Or, will he turn back to veteran quarterback Deondre Francois, who’s been banged up himself but is also had inconsistent play.
Notre Dame had opened as an 18-point favorite against FSU that line is now down to 16 and may drop more with Book out of the game.
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