After last weekend's performance by the defense against the run, can the Irish keep Tulsa's multitude of runners at bay?
Quarterback, running backs, and wide receivers will get their shot to run the football on Saturday. With 1,551 rushing yards on the season (221 yards per game) the Irish know Tulsa will look to run the ball out of the zone option read.
If the Irish can stop the run, can they stop the Tulsa passing attack?
While Tulsa will run the ball, quarterback G.J. Kinne has averaged 265 yards per game hitting on just under sixty percent of his throws for 1,855 total passing yards.
Can the Irish offense outscore Tulsa?
Tulsa is averaging about 38 points a game. The Irish have been averaging about 25 points a game. On paper this looks like a match-up that the Irish offense will have to step and score in the thirties.
How will the Irish respond after last week's loss?
Irish fans know all too well what happened last season after going down to Navy. Will Irish repeat their performance from a year ago? Or will this Irish team find their heartbeat and push forward giving them a much-needed win towards a bowl game appearance.
Can Notre Dame play four solid quarters of football?
The Irish have been hit or miss this season over four quarters and must start to show signs of being capable of playing four quarters of football.