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November 17, 2012
The Altoona Mirror

Wake Forest at Notre Dame

Kickoff: 3:41 p.m.

Where: Notre Dame Stadium

Records: Wake Forest (5-5); Notre Dame (10-0).

Rankings: Notre Dame is ranked third in the BCS rankings and in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls.

Coaches: Brian Kelly is in his third season at Notre Dame with a 26-10 record and 22nd overall with a 197-66-2 record. Jim Grobe is in his 12th season at Boston College with a 73-72 record and 18th overall with a 106-105 record.

Series: Notre Dame leads the series, 1-0.

Last meeting: Notre Dame won, 24-17, last year in Winston Salem, N.C.

TV: NBC national telecast (Tom Hammond, play-by-play; Mike Mayock, analysis; Alex Flanagan, sideline)

Radio: Sirius Satellite Radio (channel 129)

Notes: It's senior day at Notre Dame Stadium. ... Irish LB Manti Te'o recorded his sixth interception last week against Boston College, breaking the school record. Te'o has been named a Bronko Nagurski finalist. The award is given to the best defensive player in the nation. ... Notre Dame is the only FBS team that hasn't allowed a TD drive longer than 75 yards. ... LT Zack Mart hasn't allowed a sack since the second series of the season opener.

Line: Notre Dame is a 24-point favorite

Prediction: Notre Dame 34, Wake Forest 17

Prediction record: 9-1

-Todd Irwin

Sacred Heart at St. Francis

Kickoff: Noon

Where: Loretto

Records: Sacred Heart (2-8 overall, 1-6 NEC); St. Francis (4-6 overall, 3-4 NEC).

Coaches: Paul Gorham is 46-59 in his eighth year at Sacred Heart. Chris Villarrial is in his third season at St. Francis, compiling a record of 7-25.

Series: Sacred Heart leads 9-6

Last meeting: Sacred Heart won 60-45 last year.

Notes: St. Francis will honor its seniors today for Senior DayThe Red Flash are coming off their first road win ever against Monmouth, while the Pioneers lost on a late touchdown by Robert MorrisSt. Francis currently leads the NEC in rush offense averaging 225.6 yards/game and ranks fourth in scoring in the leagueSacred Heart has the fourth best rushing defense in the NEC, allowing just 156.6 yards/game...St. Francis has scored 74 fourth quarter points while allowing just 56Kicker Josh Thiel accepted an invitation to the FCS Senior Scout Bowl game, which will be played in Myrtle Beach, SC on Saturday, December 15th. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

Prediction: St. Francis 34-24

Record: 5-5

- Matt Adamiak

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