Answer 1: No, the Irish did not look past this game. Navy will be a big test next week and the Irish offense and defense will need to be ready to run on all cylinders.
Question 2: Will Brian Kelly continue his mastery over Bill Cubit?
Answer 2: Yes, while the television talking heads said Kelly and Cubit are friends, over the years I have been told differently. Kelly again had the team capable of beating Cubit who also masters himself as an offensive guru type of coach. However, 44-20 is a good margin of victory giving Kelly another win over the Western Michigan head coach.
Question 3: Who will be the "Next Man In" for Notre Dame this week?
Answer 3: With Armando Allen suffering from an injury, Cierre Wood posted 94 total yards and a touchdown on the day. Keep in mind that coming into the game; Wood had only posted 105-yards on the season and no touchdowns. Also, throw in Robert Hughes who came into the game with five carries for 15-yards and left it with eight more carries and sixty-three more yards. Tyler Eifert made the most of his chances in place of Kyle Rudolph but picking up four catches for seventy-two yards and a touchdown.
Question 4: Will Notre Dame look to run the football more against Western Michigan?
Answer 4: Yes, the Irish only threw the ball for thirty times and rushed it thirty-four on the day. Both Cierre Wood and Robert Hughes had solid days as both backs averaged at or above eight yards per carry.
Question 5: Who will have a better day at quarterback? Dayne Crist or Alex Carder?
Answer 5: Alex Carder had a solid day but threw two picks and no touchdowns. Carder is a gutty player and will continue to get better. Saturday, Dayne Crist continued to show progress but is still off from being a master of Brian Kelly's offense. Take away the 80 touchdown to Michael Floyd and the total passing yards do not look as good. Nevertheless, he did hit a nice percentage while getting enough pressure where Western Michigan posted three sacks. Edge: Crist, as he was the winning quarterback and that is what matters most.