BYU vs Notre Dame
When: Saturday October 20, 3:30 p.m
Where: Notre Dame Stadium
The battle of these two independent teams brings amazing defense, and not much offense. Both defenses are in the top 10, while both offenses are in the 70’s. This is a formula for another low scoring game, unless the defensive units produce points. Notre Dame is attempting to remain undefeated, while BYU is looking to stay above 500.
Riley Nelson is back at quarterback for the Cougars. BYU is having a mediocre offensive season at best. Nelson has more interceptions than touchdowns so far on the season, and may be in a world of trouble against Notre Dame’s defense. Maybe BYU can showcase Mitt Romney’s “Binder full of Women” to distract the Fighting Irish from more interceptions. It’s going to be tough for BYU to move the ball against Notre Dame. BYU should have more of a passing game with Riley at the helm, yet it remains to be seen if they can take advantage of Notre Dame’s secondary. Cody Hoffman has to be a consistent playmaker for BYU to pull of an upset.
Their defense is aggressive and worthy of all the praise they are receiving. If they had a serviceable offense to complement the defensive stalwarts, BYU would be deemed in a different light. They gave up the most points last week against Oregon State’s passing offense, but Notre Dame hasn’t displayed that kind of effectiveness through the air.
Will Notre Dame change up their game plan on offense? Everett Golson received a concussion late in the game against Stanford, but he is cleared to play on Saturday. Tommy Rees replaced Golson in a reserve role once again. Whoever is in at quarterback will have to rely on the run game and play action passes. Golson brings mobility to the position of quarterback and provides an added dimension to the Irish offense. The main focus of the offense should be to not turn the ball over. BYU will have a very tough time scoring, so there’s no need to take chances.
The Fighting Irish defense has been dominant all season long, and has bailed them out of plenty games, including the controversial goal line stop against Stanford. They have a ferocious front seven led by Manti Te’o. The Linebacker is on the short list for Heisman contention. Although the secondary is not great in coverage, they have great hands and capitalize on every quarterback’s mistake.
This has all the makings of a low scoring affair. BYU’s kicking game is not very good, so that does not bode well for the Cougars. Notre Dame is playing at home and should be able to come away with the victory.
Notre Dame 13
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