Instant Observations: No. 10 Notre Dame sluggish in spots, but still drops Duke

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A quick look at No. 10 Notre Dame’s season and Atlantic Coast Conference opening win (27-13) over Duke…• A sentence that’s never been written before now — Notre Dame football is tied for first place in the conference following Saturday’s win. The Irish are playing this season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. • Sophomore safety Kyle Hamilton made seven tackles, second most on the team, before leaving in the third quarter with an apparent left leg/ankle injury. If there’s one guy the defense cannot afford to lose, if this team cannot afford to lose, it’s No. 14. No Hamilton changes everything in the back end of the Irish defense, and not for the better.

Irish coach Brian Kelly said afterward it was nothing serious with Hamilton, just an ankle injury.• Irish sophomore Kyren Williams showed why he wrestled away the starting running back spot in fall camp. Williams ran for 112 yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns. Williams rushed for all of 26 yards on four carries last season.• No Notre Dame player missed Saturday’s game because of a positive coronavirus test or possible virus symptoms. NBC reported that Irish coach Brian Kelly learned at 9 a.m. Saturday morning that his entire …

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