The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have their eyes on the prize. Still undefeated and tucked in at No. 3 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, Brian Kelly’s team will have a chance to play for a title if it wins out.
Unfortunately, their task this weekend against Florida State just got tougher. Prodigal quarterback Brandon Wimbush is back in the fold now that his replacement, Ian Book, is unlikely to play due to a rib injury he sustained during Saturday’s win over Northwestern.
Multiple sources tell The Athletic that quarterback Ian Book will be out Saturday night against Florida State following a rib injury suffered against Northwestern.
— Pete Sampson (@PeteSampson_) November 8, 2018
It’s a noteworthy setback for the Irish, who would no longer control their destiny for the CFP with literally any loss — such is the life of an FBS independent that doesn’t play a conference championship game.
Ever since taking over for Wimbush — Notre Dame’s opening day starter — Book has been spirited. He accounted for five touchdowns in his first start, a Sept. 22 thrashing of Wake Forest.
#NotreDame QB Ian Book in the 4th QTR this season: completing over 87 percent of his passes; 6 TDs, 1 INT.. Pretty good.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 7, 2018
Florida State has had another rough go at it. The Noles are just 4-5 in the first year under Willie Taggart, but will have their puncher’s chance if Wimbush is up to his old tricks. He has completed just 55 percent of his passes for one touchdown and four interceptions.
But you’ve got to think that he’s had ample time to assess his game while Book has engineered win after win.