The 4-1 Miami Hurricanes will travel to Soldier Field to take on the 4-0, 9th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday.
The Hurricanes come into the match up versus Notre Dame after beating North Carolina St. 44-37 at home last week. Hurricanes quarterback Stephen Morris broke a school record of 566 yards passing, and added 5 touchdowns, but faces a much stiffer test this week against a Fighting Irish defense that only allows 178 yards through the air a game.
The Fighting Irish are coming off a low-scoring 13-6 victory over Michigan in South Bend. The aforementioned Fighting Irish defense picked off Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson four times in the first half and held Michigan without a touchdown in the game. The Fighting Irish will have their hands full again as the Hurricanes come into the game averaging 328 passing yards a game.
Here are three things that will happen in Saturday's game that you may not expect...
This game will have a combined score of less than 45 points.
Vegas has the over/under set at 51 points for this match up. The Fighting Irish have scored more than 20 points only one time this season, and had only one touchdown last week. The Hurricanes have been able to put up points in bunches, but they haven't faced a defense any where near the caliber of the Fighting Irish. Expect the Fighting Irish to run the ball and chew up clock, while forcing the Hurricanes into several drive-killing turnovers.
The Fighting Irish will win by double digits.
The Hurricanes have struggled with the likes of Boston College, Georgia Tech and North Carolina St., and were blown out by Kansas St. 52-13. The Fighting Irish on the other hand, have beaten two solid teams in Michigan and Michigan St. The atmosphere at Solider Field will be crazy, as the stands will be packed with Fighting Irish fans. The Fighting Irish will control the clock against the Hurricanes awful run defense that allows an average of 225 yards a game.
Hurricanes quarterback Stephen Morris will throw for less than 200 yards.
Morris has thrown for a total of 1,002 yards in the last two games. With the Fighting Irish only allowing 178 yards passing a game, Morris will have his hands full. The Fighting Irish also force turnovers at a high rate, as evidenced by the five turnovers they forced Michigan's Denard Robinson into last week. Morris will be asked to do too much against this stout Irish defense and will ultimately struggle.
The Fighting Irish won't have much trouble against a Hurricane team that hasn't been able to stop anyone. This one will end in a Notre Dame victory by a score of 31-13.