Five Questions: Purdue

Notre Dame is back on familiar ground after going across the pound to take care of Navy. Now in-state rival Purdue will travel to South Bend looking to catch the Irish sleeping. Berk is back with his weekly Five Questions for Notre Dame's home opener.

The 84th meeting between Purdue and Notre Dame gives us several questions to chose from in this week's Five Questions. The visiting Boilermakers look to win their first game in South Bend since the 2004 season.

QUESTION ONE

Will there be any lasting issues from Notre Dame's trip to Ireland?

Head coach Brian Kelly assured the media his team is well-recovered with no lingering travel issues coming off a pair of long cross-Atlantic flights to and from Dublin, Ireland.

QUESTION TWO

Can Everett Golson continue the solid progress he showed against Navy in his first home start?

Golson was a solid 12-of-18 with one interception and one touchdown as he hit on just over 66% of his throws. Taking the home turf gives Golson a new mental challenge in maintaining his status as the Irish starting quarterback.

QUESTION THREE

Will Purdue look to go after the Irish defensive backs with their passing attack?

The Irish gave up 192 yards passing to Navy last Saturday. Purdue passed 47 times against Eastern Kentucky for 372 yards. We should know a lot more about the Irish secondary following this game as the Boilermakers are sure to spread out the Irish with multiple wide receiver sets.

QUESTION FOUR

Does Tommy Rees take any snaps in his first game back after serving his one game suspension?

Brian Kelly says if Golson goes down he's not sure who he'll put in the game. While he stresses Rees needs to get some work, his plan to have Andrew Hendrix and Rees share reps during the week could see Kelly looking to play all three quarterbacks if the Irish can jump out to a large advantage on the scoreboard.

QUESTION FIVE

Can the Irish defense continue their success defending the red-zone?

The Irish defense did a great job defending the red-zone against Navy. Purdue enters the game having gone 6-of-6 in their season opener against Eastern Kentucky in the red-zone.


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