Five Questions: BYU

Brigham Young heads to South Bend with plans of knocking the Irish from the ranks of the undefeated. Berk is back with his weekly Five Questions as Notre Dame looks to go 7-0 for the first time since 2002.

Notre Dame is ranked No. 5 in the first official BCS poll and a win Saturday over Brigham Young would give the Irish their first 7-0 start since the 2002 season.

Here are five questions Irish fans should consider going into the game with the Cougars.


Will the Irish crash after the emotional battle against Stanford?

The amount of mental and physical energy used against Stanford was huge. Can the Irish bring the intensity need for another victory to the field a week after such an emotional drain?


Will Everett Golson suffer from any after-effects from the concussion he suffered late against Stanford?

The first year starter gets another big test as he's been cleared by team doctors to play against BYU's strong defensive front on Saturday.


Can the Irish have better success in the red zone?

Going 1-of-4 (25%) in red-zone scoring touchdowns against Stanford is not what Brian Kelly wants to see from his offense. For the season, the Irish are 14-of-29 (48%) -- not a percentage you want to see. This week's opponent BYU is scoring in the red-zone hitting on 20-of-30 (67%) for the season. If this gets into an offensive shootout can the Irish match or better the Cougars?


Can Notre Dame's defense continue keeping opponents offensive attacks out of the end zone?

Notre Dame's defense has been stingy this season giving up only three touchdowns, all by air. They've also excelled keeping opponents from scoring in the red-zone, giving up scores only 50% of the time (8-16).


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