The Irish last played a game on November 27, how will the layoff affect the team when they take the field against Miami on Friday?
It will have been over a month since the Irish defeated USC when they take the field against Miami. Will the team get off to a slow start? Will they be ready to start fast and take it to a Miami team in transition? We will soon find out how Brian Kelly has prepared his first Notre Dame bowl team.
The Canes enter the game having loss two in a row and their head coach. Does this set up the Irish to have their biggest game of the season?
No one knows how the Hurricanes will be affected with a change in their head coach. Some may feel they will come out looking to show support for their former head coach, while others feel they could be flat.
Brian Kelly and Charley Molnar have had time to work with Tommy Rees over an extended amount of time. What effects will this work have on the freshman quarterback?
With the extra practices leading up to this game, Kelly and Molnar have been able to get some quality time with Rees. Will the freshman be able to take his game up another level could be key in an Irish win.
The Irish defense has proven to be stingy over the past several games. Will they continue their dominance over Miami?
The Irish defense has been playing great football in the teams three previous wins. If this continues, they will return to South Bend with their eighth win on the season and a four game winning streak.
How will Ian Williams play after missing the final four games of the season and coming back from what looked like a season ending injury?
The surprise of the bowl game is the return of Ian Williams after it was thought he had finished playing for the season.