Notre Dame climbs in AP, Amway Coaches polls

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

The loss of starting quarterback Malik Zaire didn't hurt Notre Dame's standing in national polls.

At least, not yet.

A day after Zaire fractured his ankle, then sophomore DeShone Kizer replaced him and threw a game-winning 39-yard touchdown pass to Will Fuller to lift the Irish over Virginia on the road, Notre Dame (2-0) climbed one spot in both the AP Poll and Amway Coaches Poll.

Brian Kelly's team landed at No. 8 in the AP Poll, while it checked in at No. 10 in the coaches poll. The team the Irish hosts on Saturday, Georgia Tech (2-0), was ranked 14th in the AP Poll and 16th in the coaches poll.

Kizer will make the first start of his collegiate career on Saturday.

Notre Dame's Jaylon Smith (9) and Max Redfield (10) celebrate a defensive stop during the the second half of Fighting Irish's win over Virginia Saturday, September 12, 2015 in Charlottesville. SBT Photo / BECKY MALEWITZ