Answer One: Yes, the Irish came ready to play and did a great job of getting ready for what Army was going to throw at them. The offense may have sputtered a little big at times, but overall this was a very solid game by Notre Dame. More improvement will be needed against USC.
Question Two: Can the Notre Dame defense stop Army's running attack?
Answer Two: Yes, Army gained only 135 net rushing yards on 43 attempts on the night. While things looked a little scary early, the Irish defense continued to show their improvement not giving up a touchdown on the night. The past three games have seen the Irish defense only give up one touchdown.
Question Three: Will the Irish offense be more pass attack than run?
Answer Three: With an average carry of 4.1 yards, the Irish offense did a good job running the football. However, the air game against Army was solid as the Irish picked up 214 yards in the air with Tommy Rees going 13-20-1 for 1 passing touchdown. Rees continues to look good, but this offense is capable of doing more. This week the offense was more balanced.
Question Four: Can the Irish offensive line control Army defensive tackle Mike Gann?
Answer Four: Yes, Gann posted only three total tackles and only one tackle for a loss on the night. The Irish gave up no sacks.
Question Five: Does Notre Dame become "Bowl Eligible" after this game?
Answer Five: Yes!!! This was the goal and the team responded well. USC is up next, and Brian Kelly and his staff have work to do. However, going to a bowl was of major importance if Kelly is to have a chance to build the Irish program up to a higher level.