On Saturday, Notre Dame will face its toughest test of the season. Cincinnati, the nation’s seventh-ranked team, travels to South Bend for a matchup of unbeaten teams. The ninth-ranked Fighting Irish are coming off a decisive win over Wisconsin.
In Madison, Notre Dame cruised to a 41-13 victory. Desmond Ridder, the reigning American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, will lead Cincinnati into South Bend.
The 6’4″ senior has seven touchdowns and two interceptions through three games this season. “He’s a playmaker,” Kelly said of Ridder this week.
“He’s a playmaker,” Kelly said of Ridder this week. “He’s a gifted offensive player in all phases. He’s a very athletic player who makes plays with his feet and has a strong arm. He’s an excellent quarterback with a wealth of experience. He has a lot of winning football experience. ”
Ridder is supremely confident–bordering on cocky–in addition to his physical attributes. The Bearcats’ quarterback told WLWT’s Brandon Saho that Notre Dame’s home atmosphere doesn’t bother him.
Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder said OC Mike Denbrock warned him about how loud Notre Dame would be on Saturday. Ridder’s response? “I told him it shouldn’t be loud for too long.” #Bearcats
— Brandon Saho (@BrandonSaho) September 28, 2021
Ridder’s brazen soundbite will enrage the Fighting Irish (and their fans). Ridder will be able to back up his trash talk on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET.