Did the week away from playing a game allow the Irish to regroup, refresh, and recharge to make a strong push during the final three games of the season?
While several members of the Irish are out for the season, this time of the year players have their share of bumps and bruises and getting a week to recharge the battery may be critical if the Irish are to make a strong push to finish the season strong.
Tommy Rees is now the starter, while he showed signs of being capable of moving the offense; he also showed signs of being a freshman still learning the ropes. Can Rees provide leadership and reduce the number of turnovers that cost the Irish the Tulsa game?
All eyes will be on Rees now that he is the starter. If he fails, Brian Kelly will have to make a very hard choice in who will come in at quarterback. If Rees can keep mistakes low and play like he did during much of the Tulsa game, Notre Dame should be in a position to win the game.
The defense played a solid game against Tulsa, now, can they keep Utah's offense in check?
Utah does not have a 1,000-yard rusher, but they do have two backs with over 500 yards each in Eddie Wide and Matt Asiata. Each back averages over 4.5 yards per carry and might prove to be the key in slowing down the Utah offense in at least one phase. However, if you stop the running game, you still must keep quarterback Jordan Wynn in check as he has four receivers with twenty or more catches on the season.
Can the Irish keep Utah linebacker Chaz Walker in check?
Walker is a former walk-on who earned a scholarship early in his career. While he entered the season with only 30 total tackles, he now is the leader on defense with 79 total tackles (6 TFL).
Who will step up for the Irish and make a difference?
Injuries and struggles as a team have many questioning if the Irish can win this game. Who steps up and makes a difference in this game may decide if the Irish can win their final home game of the season.