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Brian Kelly Says Georgia's Running Game Will Truly Test The Fighting Irish

Notre Dame's head coach regards Georgia's running back tandem of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel as "elite backs" that will go on to have great careers in the NFL.

SOUTH BEND, IN -- Fresh off their blowout win over Temple at home this past Saturday, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will get right back on the horse at home this Saturday in an outing with the #15 Georgia Bulldogs out of the SEC.

The Bulldogs bring in a nationally recognized running game in running backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, two players that Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly says will without a doubt go on to have stellar careers in the NFL.

"They're elite backs," Kelly said of the running tandem. But he says they aren't the only weapon Georgia has in their arsenal. 

"They've got a big offensive line and their wide receivers are quality," Kelly continued. "It's a great challenge for us here at Notre Dame. This is the great part about being an independent in college football because you get these kinds of games."

Georgia heads into the match-up as the 15th best team in the country according to the Associated Press. The Bulldogs trounced Appalachian State 31-10 at home in their season opener. The Georgia offense is led not only by their two feature backs but by their freshman quarterback Jake Fromm, a young man that Kelly gives plenty of respect too.

"Everyone's gonna say that he's a freshman and that he's only got a couple of snaps," Kelly added on the Georgia quarterback. "I'm not an expert, but I've been in this game a while and he's got a a presence about him. He's very comfortable running the Georgia offense."

The Fighting Irish looked refreshing in the 49-16 win over Temple to begin their season, an outing that saw newly installed starting quarterback Brandon Wimbush account for nearly 300 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. He's the first quarterback since Tommy Rees to account for two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in a single game.

Since their win over Temple, Notre Dame has climbed into the AP Top 25. The Fighting Irish are ranked 24th this week.

Kickoff for Saturday's game against Georgia in South Bend is at 7:30pm ET on NBC.

(PHOTO: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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