Five Questions: Wake Forest

Game Nine places Brian Kelly's team on the road against an ACC opponent. Coming off a win over Navy, there are still several questions for his Irish heading into this contest.

Notre Dame's first meeting against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem offers five questions/points of interest for Irish fans to consider before Saturday nights kick-off. The surprising 5-3 Wake Demon Deacons received an unexpected perk, hosting Notre Dame for a prime time matchup.

Question One: Will the Irish be ready defensively to attack the Demon Deacons skilled offense.

Last week matched the Irish with the Naval Academy and their precision option offense. This Saturday, look for Wake to try and beat the Irish in through air. Shaky at times this season, the Irish defensive backfield will need to be up for the task.

Question Two: Can the Irish defense post multiple sacks against Wake?

Wake's offensive line has struggled this fall giving up 21 sacks. This contest would be a good time for the Irish pass rush to tack on some sack numbers for a pass rush that has been inconsistent this season.

Question Three: Will the Irish look to pound the rock on offense?

Wake has struggled stopping the run this season. Despite his desire to air it out, Brian Kelly may look to go back to a running game that broke down Navy a week ago.

Question Four: Can Tommy Rees and the Irish offense play turnover-free football? Wake has only recorded 10 sacks on the season, so Rees should have time to throw the ball and reduce any chances of throwing a needless pick. The Irish 'backs and receivers must secure the football against a team that has struggled to force turnovers.

Question Five: Will the Irish suffer a letdown after last week's 42-point victory over Navy?

While Navy is not USC, it was still a game the Irish had circled after last season's debacle against the Midshipmen. This week's game will test the team's focus as few considered Wake Forest a potential loss prior to the season. Top Stories